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Juhi Chawla's 5G case hearing waylaid by fan singing songs

One person, who was repeatedly removed from the proceedings, rejoined multiple times to sing songs from the actor's hit movies

Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.
Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. (ANI)

Actor and environmental activist Juhi Chawla's case against the upgradation of 5G telecom network took an unexpected turn in the virtual court on Wednesday, as the online hearing was repeatedly gatecrashed by a fan singing songs from her movies.

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Although the person was removed several times from the proceedings, he proved his mettle as a Juhi Chawla fan by re-joining the proceedings and regaling the court with his songs multiple times.

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These measures didn't seem to have much effect on the person as the scenario kept repeating, with a new song each time. Journalist Ashmit Kumar faithfully reported the interruptions with all the details.

Eventually, the courtroom had to fall back on grim humour. As Chawla's lawyer put it, "Maybe the person is already affected by 4G radiation."

The excitement got the better of some of the other people, too, who had joined the hearing. Chawla may have been expecting wholesome support for her cause but things turned out quite another way, it would seem.

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Chawla, a former Miss India and immensely successful Bollywood actor, has reinvented herself as an environmental activist in recent years. Her newest crusade is against the upgradation to 5G mobile telephone networks, which is expected to roll out in India by 2022.

In her case, Chawla has asked questions about the environmental costs of such a move and its impact on the health of the planet, animals and humans. However, the science on the harmful effects on "radiation" from 5G towers is not clear yet.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “no adverse health effect has been causally linked with exposure to wireless technologies,” though WHO also added that enough studies have been done in this regard so far.

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Aside from the merits of the case, a takeaway from the hearings ought to be the perils of giving unfettered access to the public to virtual courtrooms.

In a related incident in February, a lawyer accidentally turned on a cat filter on his computer during a virtual hearing in Texas, US. County attorney Rod Ponton helplessly struggled to explain the situation by saying, "I'm here live, I'm not a cat," to which the bemused judge replied, "I can see that."

Also Read: Twitter reacts to lawyer turning into cat on Zoom hearing

  • FIRST PUBLISHED
    02.06.2021 | 04:50 PM IST

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