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JAMMU: In order to build up a harmonious connection between the disputing parties, J&K Legal Services Authority (JKLSA) on Saturday organized Special Lok Adalat across Jammu and Kashmir.It is pertinent to mention that Chief Justice of J&K high Court, Justice Pankaj Mithal is Patron-in-Chief of JKLSA and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey is its Executive Chairman.This Special Lok Adalat was organized in all the districts of J&K to achieve the goal of ‘Access to Justice’ for all and to help the poor litigants tide over their financial problems and untold mental stress. This is the first Special Lok Adalat after the courts resumed partial physical hearing in view of COVID-19 pandemic.
JAMMU: A Lok Adalat was held on Saturday here in the District Court Complex, Janipur under the Chairmanship of Sanjeev Gupta, Chairman, District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Jammu, and under the overall supervision of Naushad Ahmed Khan, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority.A total number of four benches were constituted at District Court Complex, Jammu. A total 159 cases were taken up, out of which 101 cases were decided with a settlement amount of Rs. 1,66,31,577.The first bench dealt with MACT cases and was presided over by Sanjeev Gupta, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Jammu, and by R. S. Jasrotia, Presiding Officer, MACT Jammu.The second Bench was presided over by Nighat Sultana, Addl. District Judge, Bank Cases, Jammu, and Y.P.Kotwal, 1st Addl. District & Sessions Judge, to deal with Bank Cases.The Third Bench was presided over by Y.P Bourney, Spl. Judge Anti Corruption Jammu and Virinder Singh Bhou, 2nd Addl. District & Sessions Judge, Jammu to deal with Civil and Land Acquisition Cases.The Fourth Bench was presided over by Prem Sagar, City Judge, Jammu, assisted by Smriti Sharma, Sub-Registrar Jammu ,dealt with cases u/s 138 N I Act, u/s 488/125 of CrPC and other civil cases.Lok Adalat Benches were also constituted at Tehsil Headquarters at Akhnoor, Bishnah, and R.S. Pura which were presided over by the respective Chairman, Tehsil Legal Services Committees.
As per the information received from the districts, out of a total number of 2804 cases taken up by 90 Benches in the day long Special Lok Adalat at various courts across J&K, 1718 cases were disposed of and an amount of Rs 3,42,31,135 was awarded as compensation/settlement amount in civil, criminal, labour disputes, electricity and water bills cases, Land Acquisition, family matters, cheque dishonor and Bank Recovery cases.Member Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority, M.K.Sharma thanked all the participants including the Judicial Officers, Secretaries DLSAs, Advocates, representatives of insurance companies & banks, staff of the courts & Legal Services Institutions & litigants for their pragmatic approach in settlement of cases in such a large number.Next Special Lok Adalat will be held on 20th of March 2021.
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