Srinagar: In pursuance to the J&K Legal Service Authority calendar for the year 2024, a Special Lok Adalat was held on Saturday across all the districts of Kashmir, by the respective District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs), for amicable settlement of cases of Criminal Compoundable nature.
The Lok Adalat was held under the able directions of Hon’ble Justice N. Kotiswar Singh, Chief Justice of the High Court of J&K and Ladakh (Patron in Chief), J&K Legal Services Authority and Hon’ble Justice Tashi Rabstan, Executive Chairman, J&K Legal Services Authority and Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority.
Lok Adalat for criminal compoundable cases serves as a transformative mechanism for resolving disputes and promoting social harmony. By providing a platform for parties to settle their differences amicably, Lok Adalats contribute to a more just, peaceful, and equitable society. Lok Adalats continue to be an integral part of the justice delivery system, by virtue of their commitment to resolve disputes promptly and affordably and also alleviating the burden on the formal court system.
In Srinagar, the District Legal Services Authority Srinagar organized a Lok Adalat for the amicable settlement of criminal compoundable cases at the District Court Complex Mominabad Srinagar.
The Lok Adalat was held under the direction and supervision of Jawad Ahmed, Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Srinagar.
Three benches were constituted for the said Lok-Adalat for the amicable settlement of criminal compoundable cases.
Overall 63 number of cases were taken up for settlement out of which 54 cases were amicably settled and Rs. 88300 was awarded as settlement amount in Criminal Compoundable Cases.
At Budgam, the District Legal Services Authority Budgam organized a Lok Adalat for the amicable settlement of criminal compoundable cases at the District Court Complex Budgam.
Under the insightful directions of Hon’ble Chairman Khalil Ahmad Chowdhary, Special Lok Adalat on Criminal Compoundable cases was organized in District Court Complex Budgam and Taluka Courts of District Budgam.
Each Court had identified cases for the said Lok Adalat beforehand and same were placed before Four (04) different benches constituted by DLSA Budgam for their settlement in Special Lok Adalat.
On the occasion, a total number of 60 matters were taken up for their amicable settlement, out of which 47 matters were settled. Besides, an amount of Rs. 674300 was realized in total in the settlement.
At Ganderbal, in a mammoth exercise to settle cases, the District Legal Services Authority Ganderbal in collaboration with Tehsil Legal Services Committee Ganderbal and Kangan conducted Lok-Adalat in District Ganderbal.
The Lok-Adalat was held under the supervision and chairmanship of Ritesh Kumar Dubey, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Ganderbal, and under the guidance of Nusrat Ali Hakak, Secretary District Legal Services Authority Ganderbal.
The Lok-Adalat was constituted of two benches for the amicable settlement of cases.
Overall 33 cases were taken up for settlement out of which 28 cases were amicably settled/compromised on spot. Rs. 9,500 was awarded as settlement amount.
At Pulwama, A General Lok-Adalat for Criminal Compoundable cases was organized in District Court and other subordinate courts of District Pulwama.
The Lok Adalat was held under the Chairmanship of Naseer Ahmad Dar, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Pr.District & Sessions Judge), Pulwama and under the supervision of Susheel Singh Secretary DLSA Pulwama.
A total of 75 cases were taken up by 04 benches in the district, out of which 34 cases were amicably settled in the said Lok-Adalat. An amount of Rs 15,200 was realized as settlement amount in all cases.
At Kupwara, the District Legal Services Authority Kupwara Saturday organized a Lok Adalat under the supervision of Chairman District Legal Services Authority, (Pr. District & Session Judge) Kupwara Shazia Tabasum, here.
A total of 04 Benches were constituted for the said Lok Adalat comprising of Presiding Officers and Other Members for amicable settlement/ compromise of the referred cases.
Out of the total cases taken up (25 cases) before all the benches in the National Lok Adalat, 08 cases were settled on spot by intervention of the benches and by participation of the lawyers and litigants. The settled cases included cases from Criminal Compoundable, NI Act and Traffic Challans etc., which led to a total settlement of the amount to the tune of Rs 134750.