Delhi HC quashes Juhi Chawla’s plea against 5G rollout

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday quashed actress and environmentalist Juhi Chawla’s petition against the installation of 5G wireless networks in the nation, stating it was brought up for media attention. 

According to Chawla, social worker Veeresh Malik, and Teena Vachani’s lawsuit, if the telecom industry’s initiatives for 5G succeed, no person, animal, bird, insect, or plant on the planet will be able to avoid exposure to stages of RF radiation that are 10x to 100x times higher than what currently exists.

Chawla was also queried by the court for initiating the lawsuit without first notifying the government of her concerns about the technology. Chawla’s complaint contained multiple failures in terms of the Code of Civil Procedure, according to the Court (CPC). The plaintiffs, Chawla and two others, were supposed to first contact the authorities for their rights, and if refused, they should approach the court, according to Justice J R Midha. The court, which deferred ruling on the case after holding hearings from several parties, also questioned why as many as 33 parties were attached to the plaintiff, claiming that this was against the law. The court, further, inquired about the plaintiffs’ understanding of the factual information and threatened to prosecute them for submitting fraudulent claims. 

The Central government’s Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also contended that the litigation was baseless and prohibited by Section 9 of the Code. Furthermore, SG Mehta and Mahajan submitted objections to the litigation being prohibited under Sections 80 and 91 of the CPC.

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