STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The J&K High Court Legal Services Committee under the patronage of Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice, High Court of J&K (Patron-in-Chief, J&K State Legal Services Authority) and guidance of Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge, High Court of J&K (Executive Chairman J&K State Legal Services Authority), and special guidance of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Judge, High Court of J&K (Chairman High Court Legal Services Committee) on Saturday organised National Lok Adalat at both the wings of the High Court viz. Jammu and Srinagar. In Jammu wing of the High Court, three Benches were constituted, whereas, at Srinagar wing two Benches were constituted. In both the wings of High Court, 24 cases were settled and Rs 97.61 lakh was awarded as compensation. Meanwhile, Lok Adalat was also organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Bhadarwah (Doda) under the chairmanship of Pawan Dev Kotwal, Chairman, DLSA (Principal District & Sessions Judge), Bhadarwah. The Lok Adalat comprised of five Benches in which various MACT cases, Bank Matters, Civil Cases, Labour disputes, Civil and Criminal cases, etc pending before different courts at Bhadarwah, Doda and Gandoh and also pre-litigation cases were taken up for amicable settlement. A total of 156 cases were taken up, out of which 80 cases were disposed off and an amount of Rs. 56,67,900 was settled in the MACT cases, Bank recovery and other criminal compoundable cases. Senior and Junior Advocates of Bar Association Bhadarwah/Doda and prominent citizens besides large number of litigants were present in the day long proceedings. District Legal Services Authority Kathua also organised Lok Adalat under the Chairmanship of Sanjeev Gupta, Chairman District Legal Services Authority Kathua. In order to settle the cases In the National Lok Adalat two Benches were constituted in District Court Complex Kathua. Bench No. 1 comprised of Sanieev Gupta, Principal District & Sessions Judge Kathua and Aarti Mohan Secretary District Legal Services Authority (Sub Judge) Kathua. Bench No. 2 comprised of Munish Kumar Manhas District Mobile Magistrate Kathua and Preet Simran Kour, Munsiff JMIC Kathua. Besides the above Lok Adalat was also held in Tehsil Legal Services Committees Hiranagar, Billawar, Basohli and Bani. Cases pertaining to Criminal Compoundable cases, MACT cases, Bank cases, Labour cases, Revenue and civil cases were taken up. Compensation worth Rs 50,15,500 was awarded in the MACT cases, and a Recovery of Rs 57,59,589 was also made in favour of the Banks. One case under the Consumer Act was settled and award of Rs 67,800 was given. Compound money of Rupees 98.350 was also realized on the spot. A total of 434 cases were taken up out of which 286 cases were disposed off/ settled.
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