Ludhiana, March 9:
As per the directions of the National Legal Services Authority and Punjab State Legal Services Authority, National Lok Adalat was organized in all the Courts in District Ludhiana and its subdivisions today. These Lok Adalat’s were held at District Courts, Ludhiana and at courts in Khanna, Jagraon, Samrala and Payal subdivisions.
Today’s National Lok Adalat’s were organized under the chairmanship of District & Sessions Judge Ludhiana Gurbir Singh and under the supervision of Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary District Legal Services Authority Ludhiana Dr Gurpreet Kaur.
Today, a total of 9956 cases were taken up for disposal out of which 2296 cases were settled by the amicable settlement of both the parties. Total Award of Rs. 80,89,44,760 were passed by all the benches.
Disclosing about the Lok Adalat’s, Dr Gurpreet Kaur, CJM cum Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana said that people who are fighting their legal cases for a long time want to settle the cases mutually amongst themselves. She said that in the courts of District and Sessions Judge and Additional District & Sessions Judge, cases related to criminal compoundable cases u/s 138 NI Act, recovery cases, matrimonial disputes, labour disputes, land acquisition cases, service matters, traffic challans, plea bargaining cases, bank loan cases and other civil cases were taken up.
A total of 25 benches for today’s National Lok Adalat and each bench was presided by a Judicial Officer and a senior Advocate as well as a Social Worker were also deputed for the assistance of the Presiding Officer. The benches of Lok Adalat were presided over by Arunvir Vashisht, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Amar Pal, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, TS Bindra, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Kuldeep Singh Karir, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Sanjeeta, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, Miss Mandeep Kaur Bedi, Presiding Officer, Industrial Tribunal, Ludhiana, Sunil Kumar Arora, Chairman, Permanent Lok Adalat (Public Interest Services), Suresh Kumar Goyal, CJM, Ludhiana, Vikrant Kumar, Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ludhiana, Sumit Sabharwal, Indu Bala,Varinder Kumar, Lovejinder Kaur, Jagjit Singh, Devnoor, Jasvir Singh, Puneet Mohinia, Jaswinderpal, Anup Singh, Akashdeep Singh Malwai, Civil Judge Junior Division-cum-JMIC Ludhiana.
Gurbir Singh said that Lok Adalat is the best way to achieve cheap and quicker resolution of disputes. If the matter is settled during the Lok Adalat, then the court fee already paid by a party at the time of filing of a case is refunded. The disputes resolved through lok Adalat are on the basis of mutually acceptable terms. A decision which is mutually acceptable to both the parties not only brings an end to the long-standing dispute but also puts an end to litigation forever, as there is no appeal against the decision/award made by a Lok Adalat. The next National Lok Adalat would be held on July 13, 2019.