As many as 81,339 cases were taken up by the civil courts, revenue courts and consumer courts during the National Lok Adalat held here on Saturday.
Nearly 67,091 cases were disposed of by these courts and financial settlements to the tune of Rs 44.75 crore were made in these cases.
HS Madaan, district and sessions judge-cum-chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Amritsar and Tarn Taran, said, "The lok adalat was organised in the civil courts, revenue courts and consumer courts as per the instructions of the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi."
He said the National Lok Adalat was inaugurated by Justice Rajive Bhalla, Punjab and Haryana high court and administrative judge, sessions division, Amritsar.
In the Amritsar sessions division, 39 Benches were constituted, while 18 Benches were formed in Tarn Taran, including the sub-divisions of Ajnala, Baba Bakala and Patti.
"These lok adalat Benches have been constituted not only in the civil courts, but also in revenue and consumer courts. All type of cases such as civil suits, civil appeals, criminal compoundable cases, MACT cases, cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, land acquisition cases, electricity, water and sewerage bill cases, rent and matrimonial cases were taken up for disposal," added Justice Bhalla.
He said, "The courts have been organising pre-lok adalats since September. The cases were disposed off on the basis of compromise between the parties. The pre-litigative cases of banks and telecom companies were also taken up for disposal through amicable settlement."
Justice Bhalla also visited the lok adalats at the district courts, Amritsar.
4,978 cases disposed of in Tarn Taran
A total of 8,432 cases were taken up by the civil courts and revenue courts. As many as 4,978 cases were disposed of by these courts and financial settlements worth Rs 9.18 crore were made.
6,500 cases disposed of in Pathankot
Of 8,000 cases, nearly 6,500 were solved during the mega lok adalat organised at the Pathankot judicial complex on Saturday. District and sessions Judge BS Sandhu led six benches wherein bank defaulter cases were settled. Financial settlements worth Rs 8 crore were made in the presence of bank officials. Justice Sandhu said such lok adalats saved peoples' time and money. He urged residents to opt for such lok adalats to settle disputes. He said this would help reduce pendency of cases.