For quick and economical disposal of cases, National Lok Adalat was held on Saturday at the District Court Complex in Chandigarh. As many as 21 benches were constituted, where cases of different categories like motor accident claim cases, Hindu Marriage Act cases, civil cases, rent cases, executions, civil appeals, compoundable criminal cases, maintenance cases, cheque bounce cases, bank cases, labour cases, pre-litigative cases of financial institution and traffic challans were taken up for settlement. Around 34,750 cases were disposed off.
As many as 608 cases were settled under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instrument Act. Compensation of Rs 36.20 lakh was awarded in the 17 Motor Accident Claims Tribunal cases, while 2,752 civil suits, rent cases, HMA cases, appeals, complaints, arbitration matters involving Rs.3.29 crore were also settled.
In 431 execution petitions, an amount of Rs 11.74 crore was disbursed to the claimants. 1,209 labour cases were also settled under which awards of Rs 44.79 lakh were passed. In the 30,183 traffic challans brought up, Rs1.85 crore were imposed and realised as fine. In addition to this, over 550 pre-litigative stage cases of financial institutions were also settled.
S K Aggarwal, District and Sessions Judge, Chandigarh, Lal Chand, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, and Rajnish K Sharma, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chandigarh, appealed to the public to resolve their disputes through the Lok Adalats as it provides quick and economical justice.
They said that every verdict of the Lok Adalat was final and no appeal shall lie to any court against the the Lok Adalat’s decision.
The Lok Adalat was organised under the guidance of Justice Hemant Gupta, Executive Chairman, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh, and Justice Rajan Gupta, Administrative Judge of Chandigarh District Court.