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JAMMU: A National Lok Adalat was held at Jammu District under the chairmanship of Vinod Chatterji Koul District Legal Service Authority in which 6564 cases out of 6841 cases were decided and a total of Rs 37, 93, 77, 888 was settled.
A total number of 10 benches were constituted at District Court Complex Jammu. The first bench was presided over by VC. Koul, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Jammu assisted by Haq Nawaz Zargar, 3rd Additional District and Sessions Judge, Jammu. The second bench was presided over M.L Manhas, Special Judge Anti Corruption (CBI Cases) Jammu and assisted by Slahuddin Ahmed, Additional Mobile Magistrate (Traffic), Jammu. The third bench was headed by Bala Jyoti, Additional District Judge (Bank Cases) Jammu and assisted by Surinder Singh, City Judge, Jammu. The fourth bench was headed by Sham Lal Lalhal, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Jammu assisted by Jatinder Singh, Additional District and Session Judge MACT, Jammu. The fifth bench was headed by Khalil Ahmed Choudhary, Presiding Officer District Consumer Protection Forum, Jammu and assisted by Som Lal, Sub Judge, Special Mobile Magistrate Jammu (13th FC). The sixth bench was headed by Kusum Pandita, Sub Judge, Jammu and assisted by Wangial Tsering Forest Magistrate, Jammu. The seventh bench was headed by Manoj Parihar, Special Municipal Magistrate, Jammu and assisted by Amit Sharma, Special Mobile Magistrate Traffic Jammu and ADC Jammu. The eighth bench was headed by Sudhir Khajuria, Mobile Magistrate, (Electricity) Jammu assisted by Manjeet Rai, Special Mobile Magistrate (P&T) Jammu. The 9th bench was comprised of Yahya Firdous Ahanger, Special Railway Magistrate, Jammu. The 10th bench was headed by Som Lal, Sub-Judge, Special Mobile Magistrate (13th Finance Commission) Jammu and assisted by Navdeep Singh, Retainer Lawyer. Lok Adalat Benches were also constituted at Tehsil Headquarters at Bishnah, Akhnoor and R.S Pura, which were presided over by respective Chairman Tehsil Legal Service Committees. Secretary District Legal Service Authority (Sub Registrar, Jammu) Swati Gupta was the Nodal Officer in the Lok Adalat.
In the Lok Adalat cases of civil nature, criminal compoundable, petty offences, bank recovery cases, MACT cases, consumer cases, matrimonial cases, cases under 138 NIA, revenue electricity, water, passenger tax and railway cases were taken up and settled in the Lok Adalat.
Meanwhile National Lok Adalat also organized by the District Legal Services Authority, Doda (Bhadarwah) under the chairmanship of M.K. Sharma, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Bhadarwah. The Lok Adalats comprised of six benches in which various criminal compoundable matters, MACT cases, bank matters, cases under NI Act, matrimonial cases, civil cases, cases pertaining to public utilities, labour disputes etc. pending before different courts at Bhadarwah, Doda, Gandoh and Thathri and also pre-litigation cases were taken up for amicable settlement. A total of 742 cases were taken up, out of which 528 cases were disposed and an amount of Rs. 12,63,728 was settled in the MACT cases, bank recovery cases, compoundable criminal cases and public utility cases. On this occasion Senior and Junior Advocates of Bar Association Bhadarwah/Doda and prominent citizens besides large number of litigants were present in the day long proceedings.
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