Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Juhi Chawla’s 5G case hearing interrupte­d by man singing her songs

- Richa Banka letters@hindustant­imes.com

NEW DELHI: An unidentifi­ed person disrupted proceeding­s of the Delhi high court thrice on Wednesday... until he was muted and finally thrown off the online hearing because the participan­t did not stop singing songs from popular movies of actor Juhi Chawla -- one of the plaintiffs in the plea being heard by the judges.

The person first sang the song Ghoonghat ki aad se dilbar ka from Chawla’s 1993 movie Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke as soon as she joined the proceeding on Wednesday. Justice JR Midha directed that the person’s account be muted in the virtual hearing, but the person started singing once again; this time, it was a song from the 1995 movie Naajayaz. Chawla was attending the hearing from South Africa. A day before, she shared the link of the court proceeding­s on her Twitter account.

Eventually, the user was thrown out of the digital hearing, but mere minutes later, another song came on -- presumably by the same participan­t through another account before this user too was banished.

Justice Midha ordered court officials to identify the person, share the details of the disrupter with the Delhi Police, and issue a contempt notice. The HC, which was hearing a case filed by Chawla on the potential damage of setting up 5G wireless network in the country, said on Wednesday the plea by the actor and two others was “defective” and filed for “media publicity”. Justice Midha, who reserved the order on the case, said the issue should have been taken up with the central government, instead of directly approachin­g the courts.

The court also questioned why 33 parties were made defendants in the plaint. “It is not the sweet will of the plaintiff to join as many parties and cause of action... It is a defective plaint. This suit has been filed only for media publicity . It is very shocking,” the court noted.

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