On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court was shocked at Juhi Chawla’s plea against imposed fine of Rs. 20 lakh. They are ordered to deposit ₹ 20 lakh in costs imposed on them for abusing the process of law by way of their lawsuit challenging 5G wireless network technology.
What the Justice had to say?
Justice JR Midha said that he had observed that Ms Chawla and other that they were not willing to deposit the cost and also said that “The court is shocked at the conduct of the plaintiffs.” The judge was hearing three applications moved by the actress for refund of court fees, waiver of costs and replacing the word “dismissed” in the judgement with “rejected”.
Senior Advocate Meet Malhotra’s take on the case
The court’s reaction came after Ms Chawla’s counsel, Senior Advocate Meet Malhotra withdrawing the application for waiver of costs, said that costs would either be deposited in a week or ten days, or legal remedies against the same would be taken.
The court said that-
“On one hand you move frivolous application and on the other hand, you withdraw the application and plaintiffs are not even willing to gracefully deposit the costs.”
The court stated that it, in fact, took a lenient view when it imposed costs of ₹ 20 lakh on Ms Chawla and others and did not initiate any further and strict contempt proceedings.
Mr. Malhotra’s statements on the pending waivers
Mr. Malhotra clarified that the stand was not that the costs would not be paid, and did not even pressing the application for its waiver. He made a clarification statement that-
“It is unintended… Today also, this is my instruction that nobody said that they wouldn’t. I fully understand.”
The application for refund of court fees was also withdrawn by Mr Malhotra.
Advocate Deepak Khosla clarifies the internal news
Advocate Deepak Khosla, who is appearing for Ms Chawla and others, informed that the court fee had already been paid. He stated that-
“I’m yet to see a person in my judicial career a person who is not willing to pay court fees.”
The court ordered that the third application seeking rejection of plaint would be placed before Justice Sanjeev Narula after the deposit of court fees. Further hearing in the case will take place on July 12.
Why was the suit rejected and Ms Chawla was imposed a strict fine?
In June, the high court had dismissed the lawsuit by Ms Chawla and other others against the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country and slapped a cost of ₹ 20 lakh. The court had described the plea as “defective”, “abuse of process of law” and filed for “gaining publicity”.
The court said the suit filed by actress-environmentalist and others was to gain publicity which was clear as Ms Chawla circulated the video conferencing link of the hearing on her social media account which resulted in the repeated warnings and disrupted messages.
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