India’s cloud gaming ambitions are safe for now. The Delhi High Court has dismissed actor Juhi Chawl’s plea against the rollout of 5G in India. Stating that Chawla “abused and misused process of law”, the Delhi High Court has imposed a penalty of Rs. 20,00,000 on Chawla.
The plea was dismissed on the grounds that Chawla’s lawsuit was “defective and not maintainable”, according to the Delhi High Court. The High Court stated that the lawsuit was filed for publicity.
“It appears plaintiffs have filed this suit for publicity, which is clear by the plaintiff 1 (Chawla) sharing links of the hearing on her social media, which lead to multiple disruptions in the hearing,” said Justice Midha, referring to Chawla sharing links on to her Twitter bio and on Instagram.
The Delhi High Court had called the lawsuit defective and a publicity stunt as Chawla should have first approached the government with her concerns about the 5G rollout and the safety of the technology.
The Rs. 20,00,000 penalty imposed on Chawla will be deposited with the Delhi Legal Service Authority, and used for victims of road accidents. Advocate Deepak Khosla tried requesting the court to stay the costs, but was dismissed by Justice Midha, stating that as a counsel, Khosla “should know his limits”.
The Juhi Chawla lawsuit is the latest major event regarding controversies surrounding 5G all over the world. While the technology is nascent and we are only a couple of years into the rollout, the long term harmful effects of 5G are yet to be ascertained.
If Chawla’s lawsuit was actually taken seriously by the High Court, it could’ve had far-reaching implications for gaming in India.