While being in the spotlight can put pressure on celebs to be better and use their platform wisely, that is not always the case. Recently Bollywood veteran Juhi Chawla filed a lawsuit to stop the installation of 5G across India.
The result? The Delhi High Court rejected her appeal. The top court did not entertain the petition for hearing, it also slapped the Kayamat Se Kayamat Tak actress with a fine. Juhi Chawla will now pay two million INR.
The #DelhiHighCourt on Friday dismissed actress #JuhiChawla's petition against 'untested' implementation of #5G telecom technology in India and imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh on all the petitioners.#RE https://t.co/DpRvqwFlx8
— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) June 4, 2021
The top court reprimanded the move for being an ‘attempt to gain publicity.’ The self-dubbed environmentalist said she filed the petition out of concerns for the environment not out of anti-5G sentiment.
This is from Juhi Chawla's petition on 5G which was dismissed with a cost of Rs 20 Lakh by the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi.
As per my limited knowledge, 20 Lakh is the highest cost imposed by any court in India to dismiss a case, till date. pic.twitter.com/SxFDVVwYMO
— Shashank Shekhar Jha 🇮🇳 (@shashank_ssj) June 5, 2021
The Ishq actress asked the Court to call for research into radiation from 5G waves on human beings and other living organisms. Her petition sought certification from the concerned department that 5G technology is safe for humans and other living organisms, including animals and birds, not just for the time being but for the future as well.
Of course, Netizens turned this into a troll fest.
Delhi High Court dismisses plea by Juhi Chawla. Punjabis are quite happy kyuki wo 5g ke against thi.
— B🅰️rle-G 🇮🇳 (@Zero_humour) June 4, 2021
— Born to kill🇮🇳 (@Kkkillllllllll) June 4, 2021
So dumbo Juhi fined for Rs.20 lakh by Delhi HC for frivolous petition for blocking 5G trial
— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) June 4, 2021
— Nazia Nasim (@nasim_nazia) June 4, 2021
5G technology is so amazing fast I can't believe. One customer already got the bill of 20 lakhs before technology will come in India. #JuhiChawla
— Anant singh Raghuvanshi ツ ツ (@anant_sss) June 4, 2021
Yes there were memes.
— Mastishhk22 (@mastishhk22) June 4, 2021
Juhi Chawla has come long way from Kurkure ads to 5G expertise.
If this is not rapid growth in scientific temper, I don't know what is.
— थेथर इंसान (@TausifRunning) June 3, 2021
Delhi High Court dismisses Juhi Chawla Petition against 5G and imposed fine of ₹ 20 Lakhs ….
जूही चावला right now -😂 pic.twitter.com/KS7P2zrUdn
— Suraj Kumar Thakur (@suraj___thakur) June 4, 2021
While this might sound funny, deliberately spreading misinformation about technological advancement like 5G, that would deter public acceptance.
Very well done , this is great news.
A lesson for all these activists who want to stay in the news with such frivolous petitions.
— SaiRao (@MrSaiRao) June 4, 2021
Additionally filing lawsuits about something you didn’t bother to do your research on is a waste of the Court’s time. There are several far more grave petitions that could have been heard in that time, with that tax money.
Points to be noted in Juhi Chawla's 5G petition:
1. 33 plaintiffs added in the case(not acceptable in any judiciary process).
2. Petitioners don't have the knowledge about the case. Juhi herself stated that she has complete knowledge only about 8 paras out of 5000 page petition.
— The Pheonix 😷🇮🇳 (@AS_2103) June 5, 2021
Court has the time for fair hearing in Juhi chawla 5G case, unfortunately there is no time for Ishrat Jahan case who is still languishing in jail for couple of months.
How can one expect Justice from a justice system biased towards the rich and powerful. pic.twitter.com/88Lea9zhyy
— Kamran (@CitizenKamran) June 5, 2021
What do you think about the whole ordeal? Should her concerns about 5G affecting the environment be entertained? One could argue that since 5G would operate under the same mechanism as existing cellular towers, what difference would it make?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.