National Lok Adalat was today organised across District Kupwara under the instructions of National Legal Services Authority of India and under immediate supervision of JK legal Services Authority.
A total of Nine benches were constituted by chairman DLSA, Tasleem Arief, (Principal District & Sessions Judge Kupwara) for taking up a total of 4544 cases of various nature including civil, matrimonial, maintenance, domestic violence, recovery of money or loan, Motor accident compensation, Revenue, Criminal Compoundable and Cheque bounce cases etc across court complexes of District Kupwara.
The Pr. District & Sessions Judge himself presided over a bench at District Court Complex along with Additional District Judge, Javid Ahmed Geelani as member. Whereas three other benches were constituted at district headquarter, one of which was presided by Sub-Judge, Rajiv Tadyal along with Bar President Kupwara as member and Munsiff JMIC Kupwara respectively.
A separate bench was constituted for pre-litigation and public utility matters at district headquarter which was presided over by Muzamil Wani, Secretary DLSA Kupwara in which a total of 1716 pre-litigation matters were taken up and 1604 settled on spot. Separate benches were constituted at Handwara, Trehgam, Sogam and Tangdar, each bench presided over by judicial and revenue officers together in which various cases of Revenue Courts were also taken up in the lok adalat.
Out of the total cases taken up, 3893 cases of various nature were settled on spot by amicable means with the intervention of benches and participating advocates which resulted in settlement of Rs. 14987818 worth motor accident claims as well from the bench Presided by Tasleem Arief (Pr. District & Sessions Judge Kupwara). Besides a total of Rs. 14796518 was realized in recovery cases and Rs. 191300 realized as compensation and fine.
Apart from litigant public, officers of civil administration, various banks, Insurance Companies, members of Bar, police and prosecution participated in the National Lok adalat which was organised through hybrid mode of physical and virtual simultaneously, so as to negotiate the risks of COVID-19 without compromising upon the productivity of the lok adalat. Overall substantial number of cases was settled and public at large received instant relief from their litigations and participants appreciated the arrangements of District Legal Services Authority in the National lok adalat which came as a huge relief to public at large since courts have been functioning on virtual mode for some time now for fear of spread of COVID-19.
Pr. District & Sessions Judge thanked the participants particularly the representatives of Bank, Insurance Companies and Members of Bar.