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Lok Adalat

14 September 2015

A total of 2,273 cases were disposed of and a settlement amount of over Rs. 28.37 crore was awarded to claimants by various Delhi courts during the seventh monthly National Lok Adalat held on Saturday.

A Delhi State Legal Services Authority spokesperson said 40 benches were constituted in which 2,236 cases were disposed of pertaining to traffic challans, criminal compoundable cases and a settlement amount of Rs 16,28,18,058 was awarded to claimants.

It was the seventh monthly Lok Adalat organised in district court complexes -- Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Patiala House, Saket, Rohini and Dwarka -- under the supervision of Delhi high court Chief Justice G Rohini.

Lok Adalats were organised in all the three debt recovery tribunals where 23 cases were disposed off and the settlement amount was approximately Rs 11,38,89,204.

Lok Adalats were also organised in district consumer forums in which three benches were constituted. Fourteen cases were settled and the settlement amount was Rs 69,30,025.

16 February 2015

The countrywide national Lok Adalat for the settlement of bank recovery, cheques bounce and dishonoured cheques cases Saturday witnessed the settlement of 56,000 cases involving more than Rs 265 crore.

The day-long Lok Adalat for the amicable settlement of such cases was organized by the National Legal Services Authority, whose executive chairman is Justice TS Thakur, the senior most judge after Chief Justice of India HL Dattu.

“More than 56,000 cases, which include pending and pre-litigation matters have been settled. The banks and financial institutions and others who participated were able to arrive at final settlements worth Rs.265 crores and more,” said a statement issued by NALSA based on the information available with it Saturday evening.

“It is evident that the National Lok Adalat has greatly benefitted the common man and it has been achieved not only because of the legal services authorities/committees but also because of the cooperation extended by the judges, lawyers and various authorities including banks and financial institutions,” it said.

In the Supreme Court, four benches took up more than 200 cases for settlement. Two of these former apex court judges Arijit Pasayat, Gyan Sudha Misra, BS Chauhan and Ranjana Prakash Desai.

Of the other two courts, one had Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Kurian Joseph and the other had Justice Arun Mishra asnd Justice Prafulla C Pant.

06 December 2014

A total of 62,641 cases were disposed of and settlement amount of Rs 65 crore awarded by various Delhi courts on the Second National Lok Adalat Saturday.

“As many as 201 benches took up all kind of cases i.e. civil cases, criminal compoundable cases, Negotiable Instrument Act cases, electricity cases, motor accident claims, bank loan cases, labour cases, arbitration cases, matrimonial cases and traffic challans apart from pre-litigative matters and plea bargaining Cases in which 61,951 cases were disposed of and the settlement amount was Rs. 26.53 crore,” the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) said in a statement.

It added that pendency of cases in district courts was reduced by 5.19 percent in a single day.

“Other than judicial courts, the National Lok Adalat sittings were held in tribunals and commissions including the revenue department, Consumer Commission etc. 31 benches were constituted wherein 690 matters were disposed and settlement amount was Rs.38.44 crore,” a DLSA official said.

As such in the state of Delhi, in all 232 benches disposed of 62,641 cases and the settlement amount was Rs.64.97 crores, he said, adding there would be no further revisions or appeals in these cases.

The Second National Lok Adalat was organised by DLSA in the Delhi high court and all the district court complexes - Tis Hazari, Karkardooma, Patiala House, Saket, Rohini and Dwark --under the supervision of Delhi Chief Justice G Rohini.

Lok Adalats were also held in the State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (SCDRC), Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT), Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Revenue Department Courts i.e. SDM cCourts apart from Permanent Lok Adalats and District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums.

25 March 2014

The second national lok adalat in the Supreme Court, which was scheduled for 12 April 2014, has been postponed, with the new date to be announced shortly [SC notification]

25 January 2014

The Supreme Court has postponed its national Lok Adalat to Saturday 12 April 2014 from 29 March, requesting all advocates to submit their consent and parties details by 14 March [SC notice]

03 December 2013

Nokia $1bn tax settlement rejected
Nokia faces tax liabilities as its offer to settle Rs 6,500 crore liability with Rs 2,250 crore has been rejected by the tax department [NDTV Profit]

Delhi ‘11 HC blast accused claims wrongfully charged
The accused in the September 2011 Delhi HC blasts asked the HC to set aside a trial court order cancelling his bail, and has alleged that the National Investigation Agency wrongfully implicated him for the offence of waging war based on a vague FIR [PTI]

Dec 16 rape convicts say Hindi judgment illegible
Two of the four accused asked the Delhi HC for time to approach the SC claiming that the Hindi translation of the trial court’s judgement against them and its trial records were not legible. The Delhi HC is hearing the reference from the Saket court to confirm their death sentence [PTI]

Mumbai mobile traffic court on fast track
The Mumbai police’s proposal to start five mobile courts in the city to clamp down on traffic offenders is on the fast track after the chief metropolitan magistrate forwarded it to the Bombay HC’s chief justice for approval [Free Press Journal]

National Lok Adalat reduced case load by 7.1m
Between November 23 and 25 India’s case pendency score reduced by 71.5 lakh through the National Lok Adalat, which setlled 20.81 lakh pre litigation matters and 5.22 lakh traffic challans [PTI]

Delhi HC midweek-weekend
The general elections tomorrow have given the Delhi HC and lower courts a mid week break tomorrow. A new schedule has already been fixed to hear cases scheduled for the day; next Saturday is a working day for the lower courts [Notification]

02 December 2013

A permanent office for the 11 year old IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Board) is now finally in the works in Kovalam, near Chennai, as the state has also invited applications to fill up its vacancies – after pressure from advocates pointing out its mounting workload [Business Standard]

Judges should introspect to keep fit, principles reduce rape in India: Karnataka HC judge AS Pachhapure said “for hours together the judges sit and also be at home, hence it is always better to have proper excise [sic], meditation and spirituality to keep themselves fit”. The HC’s judge L Narayanaswamy said that India has less than 25 per cent the number of America’s rape cases, despite a bigger population “because of our principles” [TOI]

Bench-bar tiffs shouldn’t amount to contempt of court, said UP advocate general Vinay Kumar Mishra in his felicitation address, adding that the bar and the bench are complementary to each other [TOI]

Corporate HR heads are working overtime to sensitise male employees about what is borderline behaviour causing discomfort to women colleagues and may cause the men to end up “unfairly maligned” [TOI]

‘False promise rape’ complaints on the rise: Touching and tragic portrait of family opposed to love marriage, unwanted pregnancy and a rape complaint resulting in marriage [WSJ] as part of a bigger examination of the rape complaints made by women hoping to avoid single parenthood under the ‘broken promise to marry’ doctrine [WSJ]

Nalsar reservations to split between AP / Telangana: Nalsar Hyderabad’s 16 reserved seats, out of a total of 68 LLB seats per batch, will be distributed equally between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana domiciled students post bifurcation of the state [Deccan Chronicle]

TN Lok Adalat settles Rs 1,000 crore: In Tamil Nadu’s Lok Adalat, part of the recent massive National Lok Adalat, more than 13 lakh cases were resolved and Rs 1,041 crores settled [PTI]

Delhi gang rape parents ask SC to try juvenile: The parents of the December 2012 Delhi rape victim have asked the Supreme Court for the 17-year-old accused’s fresh trial in an ordinary criminal court, challenging proceedings against him before the Juvenile Justice Board [TOI]

Madurai judges lost case documents and now have to show cause to the Madras high court. The judges include Madurai’s principal district judge and a few other judicial officers [TOI]

Pick and choose, said the Madras high court while lambasting the state government for contesting all and sundry cases that come to it instead of choosing the deserving ones [Zee News]