Paternity row: Uttarakhand Cong distances itself from Tiwari

Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Congress on Friday distanced itself from the paternity row surrounding its senior leader N D Tiwari, calling it a "personal matter".

"This is a personal matter related to N D Tiwari. We don`t have to say anything on the issue," said state Congress president Yashpal Arya, a prot?g? of Tiwari.

Tiwari has filed a `personal affidavit` before the Delhi High Court saying no person can be compelled to give blood samples for DNA test against his will.

Tiwari was recently asked by the High Court to file a `personal affidavit` explaining his refusal to undergo DNA test and undertaking that that he was "voluntarily" refusing to undergo DNA test.

Ever since the controversies related to Tiwari had cropped up, the state Congress leaders particularly Arya has maintained a distance from him. On the other hand, Tiwari is being seen regularly on the political platforms of the ruling BJP much to the chagrin of Congress party.

On a paternity suit by Rohit, a single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court had on December 23 last year asked Tiwari to undergo the DNA test for ascertaining the veracity of Rohit`s claim that he is Tiwari`s biological son.

Tiwari then challenged the order before the High Court, which too had rejected his appeal, following which he moved the apex court on February 28.

But the apex court too had on March 14 refused to stay the high court`s order for his DNA test. However, in a relief to him, the court had said the result of the test will not be made public unless it is required.