Taking to her official Instagram handle, the actress released a 14-minute long video of herself breaking her silence against the allegations and presenting data and records on the studies conducted about the effects of 5G on birds, the health of humans and the environment at large.
“It was about time,” she captioned the post and went on to take a dig at haters, saying, “I’ll let you decide if it was a publicity stunt.”
Stressing on the fact that she isn’t against technological advancement but that she would like the authorities to certify it safe, she presented data to back her argument.
“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 radiation, its health effects and the glaring ignorance of certain authorities in this regard. I hope you can take some time to watch this video,” Juhi said in a statement.
Addressing her case and the fine slapped on her, she shared, “Whatever transpired in June, left me feeling hurt and confused. On one hand, I received some bad press and publicity, on the other, I received heartwarming messages from unknown people telling me they were genuinely and completely in support. 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 each of their 10,000 farmer communities to help me pay the hefty penalty, I had been fined with.”
The Delhi HC in June, dismissed Chawla’s lawsuit against the implementation of 5G technology. In its order, the court said that the plaintiffs had abused the process of law and imposed a fine of Rs 20 lakh.
“This seems to be a publicity stunt. Why have you not approached Govt before coming to us? Has Govt refused to act on the issue? How has the Govt denied you any right?” the court had observed during the hearing.
“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 realised 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?” she asked.
In her petition, Chawla had claimed that the 5G rollout in India will harm public health, as the radiation that it emits will be “extremely harmful and injurious to the health and safety of the people”.
The Delhi High Court in July granted a week to the actress and two others to deposit Rs 20 lakh in costs imposed on them for abusing the process of law.
The court’s reaction came after Chawla’s counsel, Senior Advocate Meet Malhotra’s, after 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.
“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 said.