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Lok Adalat scripts success

Guwahati, Nov. 24: Fifteen per cent of the total 2.75 lakh pending cases in Assam were disposed of during the National Lok Adalat yesterday.

A total of 94,000 cases were taken up for hearing by 331 Lok Adalat benches across the state of which 52, 745 were disposed of through the alternative dispute resolution mechanism.

The member secretary of the Assam State Legal Service Authority, M.A. Ali, today said the disposed of cases also included 9,203 pre-litigation cases.

“It is good to see people coming to Lok Adalats and disposing of their disputes even before they reached courts. Most of the pre-litigation cases were related to bank loans. The response we received yesterday surpassed our expectation and we want more and more people to resolve their disputes amicably for speedy and inexpensive justice,” Ali said.

Altogether 80 per cent of the total cases taken up for hearing during the National Lok Adalat Week were disposed of.

The courts of district and sessions judge, courts of chief judicial magistrate and others heard the cases till 8pm yesterday.

The cases included compoundable criminal cases and civil cases such as accident claims, pensions and matrimonial disputes.

Gauhati High Court, too, heard 323 cases and disposed of 103 of them. The high court itself has over 35,000 pending cases.

A total of Rs 25.5 crore was rewarded as fines in motor accident cases and another Rs 94.5 lakh in criminal cases. Another Rs 5.21 crore were realised from the pre-litigation cases.

“For the first time, national Lok Adalats were held across the country and our courts in the districts also organised similar Lok Adalats based on their requirements. I appeal more and more people to take part in Lok Adalats and resolve their disputes amicably,” Ali said.

Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam inaugurated the National Lok Adalat Meet yesterday and 39 lakh cases were taken up for disposal across the country.