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Jammu & Kashmir Legal Services Authority organises first e-Lok Adalat amid COVID-19

During the e-Lok Adalat, 4,273 cases were resolved, as per information released by the J&K Legal Services Authority. The e-Lok Adalat also saw the end of a 40-year old dispute, which ended in compromise.

Mohsin Dar

Amid restricted judicial functioning owing to COVID-19 outbreak, the Jammu and Kashmir Legal Services Authority organized its first e-Lok Adalat through video conference using different digital platforms on August 22, Saturday.

This e-Lok Adalat was organized in all the districts of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh to achieve the goal of access to Justice for all and to help poor litigants tide over their financial problems and untold mental stress.

A judge conducting hearing cases during the e-lok adalat
A judge conducting hearing cases during the e-lok adalat

As per the information received from the districts:

  • 5,757 cases were taken up by 110 Benches in the day-long e-Lok Adalat at various courts:

  • 4,273 cases were disposed of during the e-Lok Adalat.

  • An amount of Rs. 11,49,45,449 was awarded as compensation/ settlement.

  • The cases taken up include civil cases, criminal cases, labour disputes, cases concerning electricity and water bills, land acquisition, family matters, cheque dishonour and bank recovery cases.

  • The disposed of cases include a number of old cases, including a 40-year old land dispute in Bhaderwah, which ended in a compromise between the parties following the intervention of the Bench.

The e-Lok Adalat was conducted under the guidance of its Patron-in-Chief, Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and under instructions by Justice Rajesh Bindal who serves as the Executive Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Legal Services Authority.

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The pandemic period has seen e-Lok Adalats also being organised in the States of Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.

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