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Lok adalat to draw crowds

The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) will organise a five-day mega lok adalat on the Ranchi civil court premises from February 27 to March 3.

The adalat will be in session daily from 3.30pm to 5pm. On the last day, the adalat will start at 11am. Role of the advocate will be negligible as the complainant and opposite party will get the opportunity to settle matters in the presence of magistrates.

This will be the second camp of its kind in three months. In December 2012, a similar adalat was organised in which as many as 2,581 disputes were settled providing respite to more than 5,000 people engaged in prolonged legal battles.

Secretary of DLSA Rashikesh Kumar said the cases to be taken up with the consent of both parties related to check bouncing, family disputes, payment of minimum wages, electric and telephone bill disputes, loan disputes and similar matters.

Registrar of civil court Amitesh Lal said the adalat would be of great help. “Around 36,000 cases are pending in district courts. Of them, 5,000 cases can be ended with the consent of aggrieved parties. The mega lok adalat will pave the path in that direction,” he said.

Lal said around 738 cases are pending in court related to disputes over electricity bills. “If handled properly, such cases can be solved easily,” he said.

Bero resident Ranjan Sahu, who has been running from pillar to post for the last five years over a cheque bouncing dispute, welcomed the lok adalat. “I will talk to my lawyer to somehow bring the matter to the lok adalat to end the legal dispute with one of my old friends,” he said.