Srinagar : In pursuance to the directions of National Legal Services Authority, the National Lok Adalat was conducted across all the districts of Kashmir division on Saturday.
The Lok Adalat was organised to settle Pre-litigation, pending cases in the courts particularly MACT, matrimonial, family disputes, labour disputes, civil and criminal cases, bank recovery cases, electricity and water bills besides cases related to other civil matters.
In LokAdalat both parties get their matter settled amicably with the intervention of court and in case their matter is settled they are entitled to get their court fee refunded back which is paid by them at the time of institution of their case.
Further both parties are in win- win position as the cases are settled on their own terms and conditions which fit them in the given circumstance and the award passed in the Lok-Adalat is binding and has the status of a decree of civil court and is capable of execution through the legal process.
In Srinagar, the National LokAdalat was organized by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Srinagar and was inaugurated under the Chairmanship of Jawad Ahmad, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Srinagar. A total of Nine Benches were constituted on the occasion. Jawad Ahmad Chairman DLSA Srinagar visited Bench no 1 Comprising Pradeep Kumar, Presiding officer MACT Court Srinagar Shafeeq Ahmad Malik, Ist Additional Munsiff Srinagar, Where in total 49 MACT Claims were taken up and 41 Claims/Cases were disposed-off. In this Bench, due to the intervention of Jawad Ahmad, Chairman DLSA, three MACT Claims titled Gh. Nabi Lone V/s Farooq Ahmad and others (National Insurance Company) of Rs 66 lacs, Hajra Begum and Others VsBjaj Allianz of Rs 52.75 Lacs and Shameema Bano v/s National insurance Company of Rs 53 Lacs were Settled and the award amount /Cheque in all the three cases/Claims was handed over to the Claimants on spot by the Chairman DLSA Srinagar. A total number of 26,730 Cases were taken up for their amicable settlement out of which 26,083 cases were settled. This involves an amount of Rs. 3,86,05,000 settled by MACT, Srinagar, Rs 1,31,55,849 in Banks cases and in addition an amount of Rs.34,19,695 was imposed as fine in traffic cases. In total an amount of Rs 5,79,85,944 was realized in total.
At Budgam, the National LokAdalat was inaugurated by Mohammad Ashraf Malik, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Budgam, at District Court Complex Budgam. Each Court had identified cases for the LokAdalat beforehand and same were placed before eight different benches constituted by DLSA Budgam for settlement in National Lok Adalat. Nonetheless, a total number of 5806 matters were taken up for their amicable settlement, out of which 4124 matters were settled. Besides, an amount of Rs. 2,08,55,849 was realized in toto in the settlement.
At Baramulla, The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Baramulla in collaboration with Tehsil Legal Service Committees Saturday organised Special Lok Adalats across the district. The Adalats were conducted under the Chairmanship of Principal District & Sessions Judge Baramulla Mohammad YousufWani. At District Court Baramulla, the LokAdalat was inaugurated by the Principal District and Sessions Judge wherein benches were constituted for hearing the cases. The Lok Adalat comprised total 12 benches constituted in the entire district in which 1737 different cases/ matters were taken up, out of which 1319 cases were settled amicably on spot. An amount of Rs 2.19 Crore was also recovered as the settlement amount. Similarly, special Lok Adalats were also organized at Tehsil Legal Service Committees of Pattan, Sopore, Tangmarg, Rafiabad and Uri where the concerned Sub judges presided over the benches for hearing the cases.
At Pulwama, The National LokAdalat was Saturday organised by District Legal Service Authority (DLSA) Pulwama and was inaugurated by Ab. Rashid Malik, Chairman DLSA (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Pulwama in presence of all judicial officers posted at Pulwama headquarter and bar members. While interacting with media persons, the Chairman DLSA told them regarding the benefits of referring and settlement of cases in these Lok-Adalats. A total of nine benches were constituted out of which four benches were constituted for holding of National LokAdalat at District headquarters and three benches at Tehsil Levels of the District Pulwama. All these benches were also assisted by the Mediator, Panel Lawyer, &PLVs of their respective jurisdiction. One bench was constituted for the disposal of revenue cases in Deputy Commissioner Office and was headed by the Assistant Revenue Commissioner Pulwama and one bench was constituted for the cases pending in the Court of Assistant labour Commissioner Pulwama. Many pre-litigation matters like Public Utility Service matters etc pertaining to people belonging to inaccessible areas as declared by Government of J&K as inaccessible areas were taken up before the said National Lok-Adalat and were settled through amicable settlement. The cases of these people were received while conducting Door to Door Campaign by PLVs of District Pulwama. A total number of 650 pre litigation matters were taken up amongst which 600 number of pre litigation matters pertaining to far-flung rural areas including Rajpora, TralPampore, were settled. Further, numbers of beneficiaries benefited from the above pre litigation matters. Total 4680 cases of different nature were taken up by these nine benches out of which 4230 cases were amicably settled and an amount of Rs. 95,18,270 has been settled with the efforts of the presiding officers as well as by the cooperation of Bar members of the respective Courts.
At Shopian, the National LokAdalat was within the court premises of District Court Complex Shopian under the Chairmanship of Riyaz-Ul-HaqMirza, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Principal District & Session Judge) Shopian.
For the said National LokAdalat, 04 Benches were constituted by the DLSA. A total of 286 cases were taken up, out of which 223 cases were settled amicably with a settlement amount Rs.3,86,48,900.
At Kulgam, A National LokAdalat was Saturday held at District Court Complex Kulgam, under the chairmanship of Pr. District & Sessions Judge Kulgam, TahirKhurshid Raina (Chairman District Legal Services Authority Kulgam).
A total of five benches were constituted, four at Head quarter and one each at D.H.Pora and Qazigund. In the said National LokAdalat, 1669 cases were taken up out of which 1281 cases were amicably settled. An amount of Rs.26,95,034 was realized in different cases.