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JAMMU: With the aim to reduce pendency of cases in courts, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Legal Services Committee,
on Saturday organised National Lok Adalats in both the Jammu and Srinagar wings of High Court simultaneously.
The Lok Adalats were held under the patronage of Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court (Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority), Justice Gita Mittal, and guidance of Justice High Court and Executive Chairman J&K Legal Services Authority, Justice Rajesh Bindal, and under special guidance of Justice High Court and Chairman High Court Legal Services Authority, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey.
Besides reducing the pendency in the courts, the Lok Adalats were organised to draw the attention of the public to the efficacious alternative disputes resolution method of Lok Adalat.
In both wings of High Courts, three benches were constituted, for the disposal of the cases. As many as 413 cases including 110 Motor Accident Claims Tribunals (MACT), 30 SWP Matters, 2 Bank recovery, 27 Labour Dispute, 19, 138 NI Act, 21 OWP, 20 Family Dispute, 13 561-A, 4 Revenue, 163 Pre-Litigation (Bank), 3 Pre-Litigation (SWP), 1 Pre-Litigation (Land) were taken up in the National Lok Adalats.
Around 22 cases were settled viz 9 MACT, 4 SWP Matter, 1 OWP and 8 Pre- Litigation (Bank) and under 9 MACT cases compensation amount of Rs74, 47,777 was awarded.
On the directions of National Legal Services Authority and J&K State Legal Services Authority, a National Lok Adalat was organised by District Legal Services Authority Jammu, in the District Court Complex Janipur here on Saturday under the chairmanship of Vinod Chatterji Koul, Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Jammu.
A total number of nine benches were constituted at District Court Complex, Jammu. The first bench was presided over by Vinod Chatterji Koul, Principal District & Sessions Judge, Jammu, assisted by Nighat Sultana, Additional District Judge, Bank Cases, Jammu, Haq Nawaz Zargar, 3rd Additional District & Sessions Judge, TADA/POTA Jammu, and Surinder Singh, City Judge, Jammu.
The second Bench was presided over by M.I Manhas, Special Judge Anti-corruption, CBI Cases Jammu, assisted by Tasleem Arief, Additional Sessions Judge, Anti-Corruption Jammu. The third Bench was headed by Jatinder Singh Jamwal, MACT Jammu, and assisted by Virinder Singh Bhou, 2nd Additional District and Sessions Judge Jammu. The fourth Bench comprised Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jammu and assisted by Madhu Khajuria, 2nd Additional Munsiff Jammu. The fifth Bench was headed by Pawan Sharma and assisted by Arti Devi, Munsiff, JMIC Jammu. The sixth Bench was headed by Sudesh Sharma, Sub-Judge, Electricity Magistrate, Jammu, and assisted by Wangial Tsering, Forest Magistrate, Jammu and Deepali Kapoor, Retainer Lawyer, DLSA Jammu.
The seventh Bench was presided over by Yahya Firdous Ahangar, Special Railway Magistrate, Jammu and assisted by Manjeet Rai, Special Mobile magistrate P&T Jammu and Sumit Bhat, Retainer Lawyer, DLSA Jammu. The eighth Bench was headed over by Naushad Ahmed Khan, Sub-Judge Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Jammu, and assisted by Dinesh Gupta, Special Mobile Magistrate, (Traffic) Jammu, Zeeshan Ahamad, Chauhan, Retainer Lawyer, TLSC Jammu.
The ninth Bench comprised of Manoj Parihar (Special Municipal Magistrate) Jammu assisted by Slahuddin Ahmed, Additional Mobile Magistrate (Traffic), Jammu and Additional Deputy Commissioner Jammu. 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.
In Bench No 1 presided over by Vinod Chatterji Koul, bank cases were taken up and a total number of 137 cases were amicably settled wherein a total amount settled was a sum of Rs 89,69,66,597.
A total number of 1,873 cases were taken up in national Lok Adalat in Jammu District, out of which 1,508 cases has been decided. A total of Rs 92,26,70,927 was settled in the Lok Adalat. Lok Adalat Benches were also constituted at Tehsil Headquarters at Akhnoor, Bishnah and RS Pura which were presided over by respective Chairman, Tehsil Legal Services Committees.
National Legal Services Authority organised National Lok Adalat in all the Courts across the State.
National Lok Adalat was held under the patronage of Chief Justice High Court of J&K, Gita Mittal (Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority), Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge High Court of J&K and Executive Chairman J&K State Legal Services Authority.
Out of a total number of 13,823 cases taken up in the day long Lok Adalat at various courts across the state, 9066 cases were disposed of and an amount of Rs 1,06,90,35,725 approximately was awarded as Compensation /settlement in cases of various descriptions.
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