National Lok Adalats held across State to reduce pendency

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 23: To reduce pendency and draw attention of the public to the efficacious alternative dispute resolution method, National Lok Adalats were organized across the State in which thousands of pending cases were settled on the spot.
In Jammu wing of the High Court, the National Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Chief Justice M M Kumar, who is also Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority, in the presence of Justice Virender Singh, Executive Chairman J&K State Legal Services Authority.
Mohammad Ashraf Mir,  Member Secretary, J&K State Legal Services Authority, Suresh Kumar  Sharma, Registrar General High Court, Vinod Chatterji Koul, Registrar Vigilance, M Y Akhoon, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice and R S Jain, Registrar Judicial High Court were also present on the occasion.
In Srinagar wing of the High Court, the National Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir.
In both the wings and in all 22 districts, 58403 cases were settled and total compensation of over Rs 29 crore was awarded to victims of Motor Accidents. Inspite of the minus temperature in Leh and Kargil districts, Lok Adalat were held where large number of litigants participated.
Jammu: In District Court Complex, Janipur, National Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Justice Verinder Singh. The Lok Adalat was organized by Chairman District Legal Services Authority Jammu, Kartar Singh, Principal District and Sessions Judge. A total of 9 benches were constituted and out of the total 2822 cases taken up, 2026 cases were settled.
Kishtwar: Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Principal District and Sessions Judge Pawan Dev Kotwal.  Three Benches were constituted in which as many as 611 cases were settled through negotiations, mediations and conciliation. A total amount of Rs 37.51 lakh was awarded as compensation in Motor Accident Claims Tribunal  (MACT) and Workmen Compensation cases besides cheques amounting to Rs 13.87 lakh were disbursed to claimants in MACT cases.  Similarly, an amount of Rs 51800 was realized as fine in traffic and other petty offences
REASI: Lok Adalats at Reasi and Mahore were organized. Out of 265 cases taken up 191 were settled. In the bench headed by Deputy Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner Development and Judicial Member V K Sharma, 119 out of 131 cases were settled. An amount of Rs 9, 01,200 as disaster compensation and Rs 7, 79,224 in MGNREGA cases was awarded to the petitioners. In another bench headed by ADC, 38 cases were settled and various issues related to dispute with railways were resolved. In Mahore SDM Ashwani Kahjuria settled more than 20 cases.
DODA: Lok Adalats were held at Deputy Commissioner Office Doda, Tehsil Office Doda, Bhaderwah and Thathri. The designated Benches of these Lok Adalats took a total number of 3450 relief cases, 36 mutation cases and 15 cases under Section 107 CrPC. Out of these, 3085 relief cases involving an amount of Rs 66.32 lakh, 30 mutation cases and 10 cases under Section 107 CrPC were disposed of/decided.
RAMBAN: Three benches were constituted for the National Lok Adalat.The first bench was presided over by Rajesh Shikari, Chairman District Legal Service Authority, who is also the Principal District & Session Judge Ramban. Second bench was presided over by M R Chak, Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramban and assisted by Advocate A R Mushtaq, President Bar Association Ramban. Third bench was presided over by A K Kotwal, Secretary District Legal Service Authority. Two benches were also constituted one each at Banihal and Batote. An amount of Rs 1,01,70,442 was distributed to the clients.
UDHAMPUR: District Legal Services Authority organized National Lok Adalat in the premises of District Court Complex. Justice B L Bhatt, who is also Administrative Judge for District Udhampur inaugurated the National Lok Adalat. A total of 2000 cases were settled and an amount of Rs 60,73,000 was given as compensation and Rs 46,02,561 as recovery besides an amount of Rs 92,670 was recovered as traffic fine.
A similar National Lok Adalat was also organized at Tehsil Legal Services Committee, Ramnagar at sub Court Complex Ramnagar under the chairmanship of Sub Judge Sandeep Kour. A total of 232 cases including 51 pre-litigation were settled. A fine of Rs. 20, 970 and loan amount of Rs 1, 94,800 was recovered on spot.
KATHUA: In the National Lok Adalat six benches headed by A K Koul, Chairman, District Legal Services Authority (Principal District and Session Judge) were constituted in which 2400 cases were disposed and compensation/compounding fine/recovery to the tune of Rs 1,16,70,007 was awarded.
SAMBA: National Lok Adalat was held at Samba in which four benches were constituted. A total of 520 cases were settled on spot. Justice D S Thakur supervised the working of Lok Adalat.
POONCH: Chairman DLSA Poonch, Jaffar Hussain Baig inaugurated the National Lok Adalat in which two benches were constituted. At District Court Poonch, 64 cases were taken, 48 decided and Rs 40,68,163 awarded. At Sub-Judge Court, Poonch, 92 cases were taken, 75 decided and Rs 5400 realized as fine. At Sub-Judge Court, Surankote, 175 cases were taken, 52 decided and Rs 56835 realized as fine. At District Mobile Court, Poonch, 1976 cases were taken, 1955 decided and Rs 1,19,490 realized as fine. At Munsiff Court Mendhar, 270 cases were taken, 253 decided and Rs 10950 realized as fine. At Revenue Courts, Haveli, Mandi, Surnkote, 34 cases were taken and 16 decided. At ARTO Poonch, 36 traffic challan cases were taken, 13 decided and amount of Rs 2100 realized.
RAJOURI: 1633 cases were settled in the district including Thana Mandi, Nowshera, Sunderbani, Kotranka, and Kalakote. Four benches headed by A K Sharma, Principal District Session Judge, Mohammad Asraf Khan, Sub Judge, Parveez Iqbal, Mobile Magistrate Rajouri and Tehsildar Rajouri were constituted and compensation amount of Rs 64.5 lakh was awarded.
SRINAGAR: Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir inaugurated the National Lok Adalat in District Court Complex. The Lok Adalat took up 165 cases for amicable resolution, out of which 101 cases were settled. The compensation of Rs 5.15 crore was also sanctioned on spot.
PULWAMA: District Legal Services Authority organized a Lok Adalat in which 1100 cases were settled by 7 benches and compensation of Rs 5 crore was sanctioned. Justice Ali Mohammad Magray supervised the Lok Adalat.
SHOPIAN: Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar inaugurated the Lok Adalat for settling 1488 cases by 10 benches. A total of 815 cases were settled amicably.
KULGAM: District Legal Services Authority organized a Lok Adalat in District Court complex for amicable resolution of disputes. As many as 2582 cases were taken up out of which 2459 cases were settled and an amount of Rs 2.08 lakh was sanctioned as compensation in various cases. The Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar.
BUDGAM: The District Legal Services Authority organized Lok Adalat to settle 2043 cases. A total of 1500 cases were resolved and an amount of Rs 92 lakh was recovered by solving various bank recovery cases. The Lok Adalat was inaugurated by the Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir.
District Legal Services Authority Srinagar also organized  National Lok Adalat at the Saddar Court complex which was presided over by the Principal District and Sessions Judge Mohammad Shafi Khan. A total of 5976 cases of different nature were taken up and 5050 cases were settled amicably and a fine of Rs 6,40,100 was realized besides compensation of Rs. 2,21,32,000 was awarded in MACT cases.
ANANTNAG: A total of 3500 cases were taken up in Lok Adalat out of which 2074 cases were resolved amicably and an award of Rs 10.20 crore was sanctioned on spot. The Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Principal District and Sessions Judge, Anantnag, Abdul Rashid Malik, who is also the Chairman of District Legal Services Authority.
BARAMULLA: A total of 6000 cases were taken for amicable resolution by four Benches out of which 2200 cases were resolved amicably. The Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Principal District and Sessions Judge, Baramulla, Rashid Ali Dar, who is also Chairman, District Legal Services Authority. At Sopore, National Lok Adalat was presided over by the Chairman, Tehsil Legal Services Committee, Sopore, Masrat Roohi, in which 2800 cases were taken up, out of which 2700 cases were settled amicably during the Lok Adalat. An amount of Rs. 3,24,800 was realized as fine.
GANDERBAL: As many as 2755 cases were taken up in Lok Adalat out of which 2652 cases were resolved by 5 benches constituted. An amount of Rs 4,32,400 was recovered as fine for violation of various acts while an amount of Rs 3836700 was paid as compensation to the victims of windstorm. Besides Rs 1,52,65,000 was realized in bank recovery cases. The Lok Adalat was inaugurated by the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Ganderbal, Mohammad Ashraf Malik.
BANDIPORA: District Legal Services Authority constituted 14 Benches to resolve 1200 cases. Out of which 890 cases were settled amicably. An amount of Rs. 2 lakh were also recovered as fine in various cases besides Rs. one lakh was awarded in MACT case and Rs one lakh in civil suit as compensation. The Lok Adalat was inaugurated by the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Haq Nawaz Zargar.
KUPWARA: District Legal Services Authority constituted six benches for organizing Lok Adalats in Kupwara, Handwara and Sogam. Chairman, District Legal Services Authority Kupwara, Mohammad Ibrahim Wani inaugurated three benches Lok Adalat in which 3000 cases were enlisted out of which 2625 were resolved amicably and an amount of Rs 7, 37,550 realized as fine.
KARGIL:  National Lok Adalat was held at the office chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Kargil in which 54 cases were taken up out of which 19 cases were settled amicably.
National Lok Adalat was also held at the Court complex Kargil which was presided over by the Principal District and Sessions Judge, Kargil, Tahir Khurshid Raina. Chief Judicial Magistrate Kargil, Javaid Alam and Munsiff Judge Sankoo, Saplazer Angmo also participated.
As many as 700 cases were taken up, out of which 650 cases were settled amicably. An amount of Rs 1,25,000 was realized as fine.

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