No relaxations for DNA tests citing violation of privacy, observes SC  


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Supreme Court of India | Photo: ANI

New Delhi: Supreme Court discarded the plea filed by an ex-military person against the court order to produce himself for a DNA test in connection with a dispute over fatherhood. The bench comprising justice Sanjeev Khanna and Bela M Trivedi noted that any relaxations on DNA tests could not be granted by citing privacy issues.

The plea was filed by a Kollam native, who is a retired Havildar Major from Indian Army. First Class Judicial Magistrate Court in Kottayam had ordered a DNA test, based on a complaint lodged by a woman from Kottayam claiming that the man is the father of her child. Later, the High Court also approved the order of the lower court.

At Supreme Court, advocates Sriram Prakkat and MS Vishnu Shankar appeared for the ex-military officer argued that the collection of blood samples is a violation of privacy. However, Court ruled that this argument could not be considered in the case of DNA tests.

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