Delhi HC fines Juhi Chawla, other plaintiffs Rs 20 lakh in 5G case, junks plea
The Delhi High Court (HC) on Friday dismissed the lawsuit filed by actor-turned-environmentalist Juhi Chawla against the rollout of 5G wireless technology in the country. The Court order said that the plaintiffs "abused the process of law" and imposes a fine of Rs 20 lakhs.
Chawla and social workers Veeresh Malik and Teena Vachani moved to Delhi HC alleging that 5G technology may have a serious radiation impact on humans and permanently damage the environmental ecosystem.
"Averments in her plaint were vexatious. Plaintiffs have no knowledge of what they were saying in the plaint," the Court noted. "It appears that the suit was for publicity," noted the single-judge bench of Justice JR Midha further.
The Court further said that plaintiff Chawla circulated the link of the hearing on social media which created disruption thrice. Delhi Police shall identify the persons and take action against those who created disruption.
It is to be recalled that the virtual hearing, which Chawla attended from the comfort of her car, was disrupted multiple times as an unidentified visitor repeatedly asked, "Where is Juhi mam. I can't see Juhi mam". When Chawla joined the proceedings through the video link, the visitor began singing songs from old Bollywood movies in which the former actor had performed.
Justice Midha asked the court staff to mute the concerned person. At this juncture, the counsel representing Chawla said, "I hope these are not distractions from the defendants."