ILNS: The Delhi High Court today not only dismissed a plea by Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla against the rollout of 5G technology in India, the court also flayed the pleas as being filed for mere publicity and imposed a cost of Rs 20 lakh for its sheer frivolity and for abusing the process of law.
Justice JR Midha made it clear that “it appeared that the suit was filed to garner publicity,” noting how Chawla had circulated a web link of the hearing on social media. The cost was imposed also on other plaintiffs.
The court’s order was: “Plaintiffs abused process of law. Costs of Rs 20 lakh is imposed on plaintiffs.”
The fact that the link was made public by Chawla, resulted in disruptions in the hearing. The court also said that contempt notice be issued against the miscreants. A direction was also passed to the Delhi Police to take action and submit a report before the Court.
The judge’s opinion was that the plaint was defective and not maintainable. “No case made out for leave to institute suit (under Section 80).. or to sue in representative capacity. Plaint is defective and not maintainable.”