The Delhi High Court on Thursday quashed the remarks made by a single judge against Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla while dismissing her civil suit against the 5G rollout.
Modifying this order, Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh also fixed the cost incurred by the impugned order at Rs. 20 lakhs to 2 lakhs, as some of the applications filed in the civil suit were unnecessary.
The Court was hearing a petition filed by Juhi Chawla and others, challenging the single judge’s decision, which had dismissed the civil suit as being defective and not maintainable with a cost of Rs 20 lakh.
At the time of today’s hearing, the actress, who appeared before the bench through video conferencing, told the court that it would be an honor for her to provide social service by raising the issues of women and children in the programs of DSLSA, for which she needs legal aid.
Earlier this week, the bench had proposed that a program could be organized for this in which the DSLSA can approach Juhi Chawla.
Today, Chawla raised various issues in the court regarding the adverse effect of radiation caused by 5G technology on the environment as well as on human life.
She also told the court that she has been working on similar issues since 2010 and even continues to raise issues related to it before the Parliamentary Standing Committee.
Hearing the above, the Court was of the perspective that Chawla did not accept the issue of 5G rollout in India frivolously and casually.
The court observed, “Unfortunately, what has happened, is that the filing of applications primarily those seeking exemption from payment of Court payments on the ground that matters are not agreed by the Courts for many years, and the petition seeks exemption from service. The notice of section 80 of the CPC was conveyed to the Single Judge on the ground that it was an empty formality, that the plaintiffs were not taking their case seriously.”
It said, “The impugned when we perused the order, appears to us that the plaintiffs themselves, who do not come from the background, should not have been made to share the blame and the consequences for how The suits and applications were drafted.”
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the appellants, submitted that the plaintiffs have now learned from their experience and would be able to draw lessons from the impugned order using future legal remedies.
He said the appellant would continue to raise similar issues future in appropriate legal proceedings.
The court observed that “herein we are of the view that the impugned order needs to be modified in the interest of justice. Therefore, we quash the observations made by the Single Judge against Juhi Chawla, especially Articles 41 and 43.”
It said, “We accordingly, allow the appeal in all the above conditions, and the impugned order is set aside and replaced by our aforesaid Order.”
The appeal stems from a civil suit filed by Juhi Chawla and others which, sought a direction to the central government to restrain the government from taking any steps for the roll-out of 5G telecom services in the country, which have caused human, animal, and Long-term and short-term damage to plant life and harmful effects on the environment at large were reported.