n 1954, his father ND Tiwari married Sushila, who died in 1991; on May 14, 2014, his father got married again to Ujjwala Tiwari, his long time lover, and mother of his biological son Rohit Shekhar, at the age 88. Tiwari died on his 93rd birthday in New Delhi from multiple organ failure. Tiwari and his wives lived their life to the fullest but Rohit Shekhar Tiwari had to go through a lot of turbulence — he had to file a paternity suit claiming Tiwari to be his biological father. The court ordered that DNA mapping of Tiwari be done, which the court successfully compelled compliance with on May 29, 2012. On July 27, 2012, the Delhi High Court, citing a need to end the controversy, rejected a request from Tiwari’s lawyers to keep his paternity test result a secret. The DNA test results released by the court on July 27, 2012, established that Tiwari was the biological father of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari and Ujjwala Tiwari is the biological mother. When there was no chance to escape, On May 14, 2014, Tiwari married Ujjwala Tiwari, Shekhar’s mother, in a ceremony that took place in Lucknow. After a long fight, he got his table family but till then his ‘bizarre’ childhood and his long legal battle was not easy for him.
Rohit Shekhar’s growing up days was peculiar. He faced a lot of humiliation where many questions went unanswered regarding his father. Then a battle began in 2007. Shekhar, then 28, filed a paternity suit to claim that veteran Congress leader (later joined BJP) ND Tiwari was his biological father. Since then, Shekhar has been running from pillar to post, from one court to another, as his ‘father’ for long evaded court orders.
Shekhar used to be confused and puzzled; he often wondered about the man who met him and his mother secretly, in Delhi and in Lucknow. At times, his mother used to dress him in strange outfits, something one would put on for a fancy dress or in the attire of Lord Krishna to secretly sneak in and meet the man.
As a child, he used to get curious, who is this man. When he turned 11, his mother revealed to him that this man was his biological father. Shekhar claims that his dad showered him all his affection, but only within the confines of his bedroom. Tiwari met Shekhar’s mother Ujjwala Sharma during the late 1960s. As an upcoming leader then, he sought refuge and guidance from her father and seasoned politician Professor Sher Singh. Sharma holds a doctorate in Sanskrit and back then she headed the Women’s Youth Congress wing. Their affair continued for a long time and then they had a son out of their love story.
Tiwari had assured Shekhar’s mother that he would adopt Shekhar when the time was right. However, as the years passed, it became clear to her that Tiwari was not going to adopt him. Furthermore, he broke all ties with her when Shekhar turned 16 in 1995. Years later, Shekhar decided to confront Tiwari and question him about the promises he had made to his mother. He met Tiwari in 2002 and even then, though all party workers knew that he was Tiwari’s son, the leader never let that show in the public. It was the same every time. Behind closed doors, he spoke affectionately but refused to acknowledge him in public. He suffered a massive heart attack when he was just 28. His stress levels shot up, even that time his father never bothered looking into the matter. He was merciless. This is when he thought of knocking the legal doors and the justice was delivered. He got his father and mother back under one roof and this time it was not a secret.
With all the happiness back to life, he met his life partner in Lucknow through a matrimonial website in 2017. They were seeing each other for a year and later took a break in between. Rohit Shekhar maintained distance from her due to some differences. Apoorva Tiwari, the wife of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, was not happy with him. Soon after marriage, they got in minor disputes but still was staying together.
One fine day, Rohit Shekhar Tiwari was found dead in his residence in New Delhi and his wife got arrested for her alleged role in his murder case. She was taken into the police custody for questioning, making contradicting statements during the interrogation. The Crime Branch officials questioned Apoorva for hours. Besides Apoorva, the Delhi Police Crime Branch took Rohit’s two househelps — Martha and Golu — into its custody. The police suspect that the reason behind the murder could be related to their troubled relationship. She was questioned about her entry in their Defence Colony residence, her schedule — what she did during the day and why she did not find it odd when Shekhar was sleeping throughout the day. Shekhar’s brother Siddharth was also questioned since they were also present at his residence at the time of his death. His autopsy report stated that he died of asphyxia due to strangulation. Shekhar’s cousin Rajeev and his wife Kumkum are also being questioned in connection with the case. The police sources said at least five-six calls were made from Rohit’s phone to Kumkum from 2 am to 4 am on an intervening night. Police are trying to ascertain the reason why did Shekhar contact her at the odd hours. Neighbours claimed that the couple often had fights and just last month, a PCR call was made by one of them. They had a fight last month. Ujjwala hit out at Apoorva and her parents alleging they had their eyes on his property. They also discussed mutual divorce several times and later decided to end their marriage in June, she added. Ujjwala said that Apoorva was also against giving a share of the property to the son of Rajiv Kumar, a relative and aide of Tiwari. Apoorva always had issues with Rajiv and his wife, because she suspected Rohit having an affair with Rajiv’s wife. Meanwhile, a forensic team collected two pillows and a bloodstained bed sheet and also seized mobile phones. Among the seven CCTV cameras installed on the premises, two were not functioning. However, still there can be enough evidence; the cops are waiting for the forensic report to solve the mystery behind Rohit Shekhar Tiwari’s unnatural death. Let’s wait and see what has ended the journey of Rohit.
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