Srinagar : In order to provide free legal services, facilitate amicable settlement of the disputes and reduce pendency of cases in courts, National Lok Adalats were held across Kashmir division wherein various pre and post litigation cases related to different matters were taken up.
At Srinagar, the National Lok Adalat was organized under the Chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik here at District Court Complex Moominabad.
During the Adalat, 10 benches constituted took up a total of 3902 cases out of which 1984 cases were settled amicably. An amount of Rs 1,06,20,000 was awarded as compensation by MACT Srinagar.
Similarly, during the Adalat, Rs 2,21,61,260 were collected as a settlement amount by the Bank Court, while as Rs 26,51,479 was awarded by consumer form as a settlement amount. Likewise, Rs 19,500 has been settled in labour disputes and Rs 3,66,100 was also collected as a fine by different benches in criminal compound cases.
At Gandarbal, the National Lok-Adalat was held as per the calendar of the activities of NALSA and directions of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority.
Two benches were constituted at Ganderbal and one was constituted at Munsiff Court Kangan. The Lok Adalat was headed by Principal District and Sessions Judge Ganderbal
A total of 313 pending and pre-litigation matters came up for expected amicable settlement before the benches, in which 146 cases were amicably settled on the spot. An amount of Rs 6,56,939 has been realized as a settlement amount.
At Baramulla: the National Lok Adalat was organised by District Legal Service Authority Baramulla under the chairmanship of District Principal and Sessions Judge Baramulla, Sanjeev Gupta whereas at Tehsil levels, it was organized by the respective Tehsil Legal Service Committees.
The National Lok Adalats comprising of 10 different benches took as many as 1520 Cases of varied natures, among which 1107 cases were settled amicably on the spot. Moreover, Rs 2,16,67,765 was realized as settlement amount.
In Uri, A National Lok Adalat was held in which 255 cases were settled. An amount of Rs 32.23 lakh was also awarded on the occasion.
At Anantnag, the National Lok Adalat was organised by District Legal Services Authority Anantnag under the Chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Anantnag, Khalil Ahmad Chowdhary, who is also the Chairman of District Legal Services Authority Anantnag.
Two benches were constituted at Anantnag where 557 cases related to MACT, civil, criminal compounding and matrimonial cases were taken up, out of which 250 cases were amicably settled. An amount of Rs 65,000 was realized on electric and traffic challans. Further an amount of Rs 68,79,000 was awarded in MACT cases and total amicable settlement was Rs 1,00,43,079.
Likewise at Bijbehara, 105 cases were taken for the amicable settlement and an amount of Rs 21,300 was realized on electric challans.
At, Shopian the National Lok Adalat was held at District Court Complex, under the Chairmanship of Chairman District Legal Services Authority Shopian (Principal District & Sessions Judge).
For the purpose, 12 benches were constituted in which 436 cases of different nature were taken up. Out of them, 359 cases were settled.
During the proceedings, an amount of Rs 36,185 was recovered as fine whereas Rs 19,98,600 was recovered from the defaulters in bank recovery cases. Besides, an amount of Rs 13,14,650 was also realized in different cases which were paid to the beneficiaries.
At Pulwama, five benches were constituted- three at Court Complex Pulwama, one at Munsiff Court Pampore and one at Munsiff Court Tral.
During Lok Adalat 408 case of bank recovery, matrimonial, electric bills, labour disputes, MACT cases, NI act 138, other civil cases, traffic challans etc were taken up among which 300 cases were settled amicably and amount of Rs 74,43,199 was awarded.
At Bandipora, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) organised a National Lok Adalat in District Court Complex Bandipora under the chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Bandipora, Syed Sarfaraz Hussain.
A total of 114 cases were taken up in the Adalat out of which 59 cases were settled amicably and a settlement amount of Rs 17.52 lakh was awarded in various cases. Three benches were constituted in Bandipora district Court complex while, one bench was constituted at Sumbal.
The cases taken up in the Adalat were related to MACT, Bank matters, civil and Matrimonial cases.
At Budgam, the National Lok Adalat was held in District Court Complex Budgam besides other courts of district Saturday.
Six benches were constituted during the Lok Adalat. The Lok Adalat was headed by Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Budgam Raja Showkat Ali Khan (Principal District and Sessions Judge Budgam).
At least 800 different kinds of cases were taken up in the Lok Adalat in which 600 cases were settled amicably. An amount of Rs 10,54,450 was recovered in Bank cases and Rs 60,000 were recovered in electricity and water bills.
At Kulgam, the National Lok Adalat was held at District Court Complex Kulgam under the Chairmanship of District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Kulgam.
Five benches were constituted, three at headquarter and one each at Qazigund and D H Pora.
287 cases, related to Bank recovery cases, MACT cases, Labour cases, family disputes, Municipality, N.I. Act Cases u/s 138 NI Act and Revenue cases were taken up. Out of which 176 cases were amicably settled.
During the Lok Adalat, an award of Rs 12,98,000 was passed in favour of victims in MACT cases and an amount of Rs 25,28,250 was realized in different cases related to Bank cases and labour cases etc, and an amount of Rs 6,950 fine was imposed in Criminal RPC challan and Traffic Challan.
At Handwara, the Lok Adalat was held under the chairmanship of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunil Sangra (Chairman TLSA) Handwara at court complex which was organised by Tehsil Legal Services committee Handwara.
70 cases of various natures including Criminal, Bank cases, MACT cases, Matrimonial, Electricity and water bills, Revenue and other cases were taken up during the NLA for their settlement. 47 cases/disputes were examined and settled on spot amicably. Rs 13,97,272 was recovered as settlement amount including bank recoveries and Rs 5100 recovered as fine.