Despite the District Bar Association (DBA) lawyers boycotting the Lok Adalat organised by the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) on Saturday, the six benches cleared about 1,133 traffic challans.
The courts looked deserted with the members of the bar distancing themselves from the Lok Adalat.
Of the 1,237 traffic challans that were up during the Lok Adalat, 1, 133 were disposed of with the release of `3,83,750 as fine. As many as 11 cases of land acquisition were also taken up during the daylong event with `47,05,390 charged as compensation. Apart from this, 39 cases of registrar of companies, and 54 cases of the Municipal Corporation and the Labour Enforcement Act were decided, with `6,71,400 being recovered as fine. Six benches, headed by serving judicial officers, have been constituted in the District Courts, Sector 43, here, to take up land acquisition matters, traffic challans and summary cases pending in the district court.
“The court timings were changed to 9.30 am with an understanding that the second and the fourth Saturday would be non-working days of the court. But now by holding Lok Adalats on every second Saturday, we are being deprived of the holiday. So the bar had unanimously decided to boycott the session,”said DBA secretary Sunil Hans.
He added, “We are not against Lok Adalat but they should not be held on days when the court is off.” The DBA lawyers would not work on Monday as well, as a protest against the killing of a lawyer in police firing at the district court premises in Allahbad, on Wednesday. Condemning the firing at court premises, the Bar Council of India has demanded a compensation of `50 lakh to be paid to the kin of the killed lawyer.
Over 150 cases disposed of
Panchkula: District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Panchkula, organised the monthly National Lok Adalat regarding revenue/MNREGA/land acquisition cases on Saturday.
A total of 138 revenue cases and 23 land acquisition cases were disposed of on the said occasion and an amount of `14.72 lakh was distributed among the litigants whose land was acquired. Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Kumar Sondhi, district and sessions judge-cum-chairman, DLSA, informed that many old cases were settled in the Lok Adalat. He informed that a legal literacy camp on the occasion of Navratra Mela would be organised from March 21 to March 29 during which, the problems of the visitors would be solved and legal awareness would be spread.