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5G Lawsuit: Delhi High Court reduces penalty on Juhi Chawla from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 2 lakh

Punjab Tribune Bureau | January 27, 2022 01:28 PM

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday proposed to reduce the costs imposed on actor Juhi Chawla and two other plaintiffs in the 5G lawsuit by a single bench last year from Rs 20 Lakh to Rs 2 Lakh, albeit with a condition that she would have to do some service for the public cause given her celebrity status.

Chawla filed an appeal against a single-bench order which in June 2021 dismissed her suit against the introduction of 5G technology in India.  The single bench, in the order dismissing the suit, had said it was filed to gain publicity and imposed a cost of Rs 20 lakh on the three plaintiffs, including Chawla, for “waste of judicial time”.

“We will reduce the costs. We will not completely waive it. We will reduce it substantially but that comes with another condition that considering your client is a celebrity and she has a presence in the public, she should do some public work also. Her image and position should be utilised by the society for some good campaign, good purpose,” said the division bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh.

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