A National Lok Adalat, second in the series of 2019, was held in all the courts across the state including both wings of the J&K High Court on Saturday.
The National Lok Adalat was held under the guidance and supervision of Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice High Court of J&K and Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority and under the guidance of Justice Rajesh Bindal, Judge High Court of J&K and Executive Chairman J&K State Legal Services Authority, and under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority, an official spokesperson said.
Mohammad Akram Chowdhary, Member Secretary J&K State Legal Services Authority, on the basis of information collected from all the courts disclosed that the Lok Adalat was organised in all the court complexes of three divisions – Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, he said. Out of a total number of 19686 cases taken up by 133 Benches in the day-long Lok Adalat at various courts across the state, 12884 cases were disposed of and an amount of Rs 54. 04 crore approximately was awarded as compensation/settlement amount in civil, criminal, labour disputes, electricity and water bills cases, land acquisition, family matters, cheque dishonour and bank recovery cases.
At Srinagar, the National Lok Adalat was organized under the chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik here at District Court Complex Moominabad.
During the Adalat, 10 benches constituted took up a total of 3902 cases out of which 1984 cases were settled amicably. An amount of Rs 1. 06 crore was awarded as compensation by MACT Srinagar.
At Gandarbal, the National Lok-Adalat was held as per the calendar of the activities of NALSA and directions of the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority.
Two benches were constituted at Ganderbal and one was constituted at Munsiff Court Kangan. At Kangan, the court was held under the aegis of Chairman Tehsil service committee Kangan.The proceeding was presided over by Manzoor Hussain chairman TLSC Kangan. 137 case of different nature like criminal civil and other were taken and 105 were disposed off
At Baramulla, the National Lok Adalat was organised by District Legal Service Authority Baramulla under the chairmanship of District Principal and Sessions Judge Baramulla, Sanjeev Gupta whereas at Tehsil levels, it was organized by the respective Tehsil Legal Service Committees.
At Anantnag, the National Lok Adalat was organised by District Legal Services Authority Anantnag under the Chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Anantnag, Khalil Ahmad Chowdhary, who is also the Chairman of District Legal Services Authority Anantnag.
Two benches were constituted at Anantnag where 557 cases were settled. An amount of Rs 65,000 was realised on electric and traffic challans. Further an amount of Rs 68 lakh was awarded in MACT cases.
At Shopian, the National Lok Adalat was held at District Court Complex, under the Chairmanship of Chairman District Legal Services Authority Shopian (Principal District & Sessions Judge).
For the purpose, 12 benches were constituted in which 436 cases of different nature were taken up. Out of them, 359 cases were settled.
At Pulwama, five benches were constituted- three at Court Complex Pulwama, one at Munsiff Court Pampore and one at Munsiff Court Tral.
At Bandipora, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) organised a National Lok Adalat in District Court Complex Bandipora under the chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge Bandipora, Syed Sarfaraz Hussain.
A total of 114 cases were taken up in the Adalat out of which 59 cases were settled amicably and a settlement amount of Rs 17.52 lakh was awarded in various cases.
At Budgam, the National Lok Adalat was held in District Court Complex Budgam besides other courts of district.
Six benches were constituted during the Lok Adalat. The Lok Adalat was headed by Chairman District Legal Services Authority, Budgam Raja Showkat Ali Khan (Principal District and Sessions Judge Budgam).
At Kulgam, the National Lok Adalat was held at District Court Complex Kulgam under the Chairmanship of District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Kulgam.
At Handwara, the Lok Adalat was held under the chairmanship of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunil Sangra (Chairman TLSA) Handwara at court complex which was organised by Tehsil Legal Services committee Handwara.
At Kargil, it was held under the Chairmanship of the Chairman District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and Principal District and Session Judge Kargil, Reyaz ul Haq Mirza.