Advocates hold a hearing at the mediation centre on the civil court premises in Ranchi on Wednesday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Dec. 10: Once the best of friends, Parveen Kumar (20) and Amit Kumar (25) became sworn enemies over a bicycle accident. Such was the bitterness that they filed cases against each other. But now, they are friends once again, thanks to the mediators who revived their friendship at a hearing on the city court premises today.
Like Parveen and Amit, the mediators also helped many other quarrelling parties solve their disputes.
Ashit Baran Mehta and V.C. Choudhary — the two mediators who helped Parveen and Amit — are part of a 14-member group that had come to the mediation centre as a part of a six-day training programme organised by the Judicial Academy.
Today was the concluding day of their training and the mediators dealt with as many as 20 cases. While they were successful in reviving four relationships gone awry, the remaining cases have been deferred.
There are 11 such mediation centres across the state. At present, the mediation centre on the civil court premises has two mediators.
The Jharkhand State Legal Services Authority, which runs the centre, is planning to appoint a counsellor to settle matrimonial disputes.
But many like Parveen and Amit had no idea about the existence of any such centre. After having a brawl over a bicycle accident at Namkum market in July 2007, the duo had lodged police complaints. Later, they came back to their senses and wanted to settle the matter.
But, as the case had already reached the court, they contacted a lawyer, who suggested them to approach a mediation centre. They did as told and after a lot of efforts, the case was finally addressed by a bench of the mediation centre today.
The bad blood between two neighbours, Giribala Devi and Dipendra Sahu, also gave way to friendly feelings at the mediation centre. A year ago, the neighbours had locked horns over a plot of land at Jari village and were busy fighting a title suit in the civil court.
Similarly, Mahesh Kumar and Nishesh Kumar Singh breathed sighs of relief after getting rid of a court case.
The two had quarrelled after Nishesh’s car had rammed into Mahesh’s shop near Kishoreganj Chowk in March last year and both landed in the Kotwali police station.