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7,000 cases settled in mega Lok Adalat

MORE THAN 7,000 cases from various sectors were settled in the first one-day mega Lok Adalat, organised at the District Civil Court in Bhopal on Sunday. The mega Lok Adalat was held with an aim to redressing consumers? grievances and providing speedy on-the-spot justice to common man.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 01:40 IST

MORE THAN 7,000 cases from various sectors were settled in the first one-day mega Lok Adalat, organised at the District Civil Court in Bhopal on Sunday. The mega Lok Adalat was held with an aim to redressing consumers’ grievances and providing speedy on-the-spot justice to common man.

The Lok Adalat helped married couples settle their family disputes and claimants to get compensation worth over Rs 1 crore in a single day.

While 1948 revenue cases were disposed of, the electricity board recovered Rs 7.89 lakh with the settlement of 227 power theft cases. Under ‘Plea Bargaining’ – a new concept in judiciary, 128 cases were settled and 90 persons were freed from imprisonment. The court, dealing with insurance claims settlement, awarded more than Rs 75 lakh worth claim compensations to claimants through insurance companies.

The Lok Adalat also settled a large number of cases related to telecom service providers, default payments, banks and corporations. In the family court, 12 cases related to couples were mutually settled. Under civil suits, 18 cases were disposed of, including one related to a dispute of property title of Rs 44 crore between SH Khan and Syed Mohd Rafique.

Describing it as a landmark judgment, High Court judge and chairman of MP Legal Services Authority Justice Deepak Mishra said every case has a human face behind it and if a case is solved it helps not only the aggrieved parties, but also the society as a whole.

Referring to the Legal Services Authority, he said exercises are conducted in rural areas with the help of judiciary, NGOs and students to create awareness among villagers regarding their rights. “Citizens must know their rights and exercise them. Media plays a big role in achieving the objective of legal aids for the masses,” he said, addressing a press conference on Sunday.

Justice Mishra said 1.52 lakh cases were disposed of by March 2006 and 1.27 lakh cases by December 2006. “We expect to settle 1.75 lakh cases by March end,” he added.

The Lok Adalat also settled a case of a Malaysian. Complementing the staff members of the judiciary for the success, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) and District & Session Judge chairperson Renu Sharma described the Lok Adalat as a continuous process.

“Our aim is to see that citizens continue to maintain the same faith in the Lok Adalat without compromising on legal aspect,” she asserted. Stating pre-litigation settlements as the cream of Lok Adalat, Sharma said 2,800 cases were settled in a day and the success rate would go up in the next Adalat.

Special care was taken by the DLSA by setting up enquiry counters and media cell to help the complainants and thereby bring more transparency. Despite being a Sunday, the district court witnessed more turnout than on working days with every court engaged in speedy disposal of cases within the stipulated time frame. Justice Renu Sharma was found personally supervising a team of officials.