MUMBAI, India — A virtual hearing against the rollout of 5G wireless network technology at a court in India’s capital Delhi in June was repeatedly interrupted by fans of plaintiff and Indian actor-turned-environmentalist Juhi Chawla.
Chawla, a top Bollywood star in the 1990s, had filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court with two others—Veeresh Malik and Teena Vachani—raising concerns over India’s “untested” rollout of 5G technology.
The case sought research into the possible impacts of the radiation from 5G waves on humans and other living organisms.
But during the hearing in June, a fan became a steady annoyance as he sang songs from her movies. Some fans got access to the court hearing link from the actor’s social media handles.
After the ruckus, Chawla’s lawsuit got dismissed by Justice J. R. Midha. Justice Midha, while passing the judgment, said plaintiffs (Juhi Chawla and the other two) abused the process of law and imposed a fine of INR 20 lakh ($26,878.27) on them.
Also, the court order said it appeared that the suit was for publicity.
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Chawla, on Aug. 9, hit back at claims that said she filed a lawsuit against the rollout of 5G wireless network technology to gain publicity.
Taking to Instagram, Juhi posted a 14-minute-long video wherein she opened up about how her fight against the installation of cellular towers began.
She said that she saw 14 cellular towers suddenly crop up at the Sahyadri Guest House, a guesthouse in India’s western city Mumbai, right in front of her own home.
She said that she came across a news article that explained the harmful effects of cellular radiation on human health, which led to her filing the case.
“I have received several messages from people showing their support,” Chawla said.
“One such message was from a group of farmers in Maharashtra, which brought tears to my eyes.”
“They wished to carry out a voluntary drive to collect a small sum of money from their 10,000 farmer communities to help me pay the hefty penalty that the court imposed. Moments like these made me grateful that no matter what, I had lent a voice to the health concerns of many, many simple people of my country.”
“When the storm died down, and I could see more clearly, I became calm and strong because I realized what an important, timely, relevant, and impacting question I had raised. Had it not been so, would the world have erupted the way it did?” Chawla said.
“All this while I remained silent because I believe silence has its own deafening sound, but now I’d like to bring forth some very important and shocking details of happenings, in my 11-year journey of discovering EMF [electric and magnetic fields] radiation, its health effects, and the glaring ignorance of certain authorities in this regard.”
Chawla, who has been actively creating awareness on the harmful effects of radio-frequency radiation, filed the lawsuit on May 31.
She said that 5G technology exposes people and animals to radio-frequency radiation 10 to 100 times greater than it exists today.
Chawla had also posted a video after hearing her case explaining that she is not against 5G.
“We are welcoming of 5G, but all we ask is research on the same in the public domain.”
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Amrita Das and Praveen Pramod Tewari
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