Pune News : Pune district court ranks first for 10th consecutive time in settling cases through Lok Adalat

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Pune: For the tenth consecutive time, Pune District has emerged as the top district in Maharashtra for the settling of cases through the Lok Adalat. In the recent National Lok Adalat, a total of 21,177 cases were settled out of the 16,646 pending cases and 1,02,119 pre-filed cases in Pune District. The event was held under the guidance of Chief District Judge Shyam Chandak, in accordance with the instructions of the National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi and the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority, High Court Bombay.

A total of 59,317 pending cases and 1,55,757 pre-filed cases were presented in the People’s Court, with 400 cases being settled through video conferencing. Senior Civil Judge J. S. Bhatia’s panel handled two cases where parties could not attend the court due to personal reasons, and with prior permission from the court, the cases were discussed via video conference and settled through amicable compromise.

One case on the panel of District Judge-6 S. R. Navander, the Motor Accident Claims Authority case, was the first case in Maharashtra to be digitally e-filed and decided in the Lok Adalat, with the entire process being paperless. Additionally, in another case on the same panel, parties participated in Lok Adalat through video conferencing and settled the case, despite being in Tirupati, in adherence to the principle of ‘justice at your door’.

Notably, the Lok Adalat also went beyond the court building to ensure access to justice for the disabled. In two Motor Accident Claims Authority cases, where parties were unable to enter the court building due to disabilities, District Judge-6 S. R. Navander personally went out of the courtroom to provide compensation checks to the parties.

Mangal Kashyap, Member Secretary of District Legal Services Authority, expressed satisfaction with the success of the Lok Adalat in resolving a range of cases, including domestic violence cases, with both the husband and wife parties happy with the settlements. The Lok Adalat also received support from the CEO of Zilla Parishad Ayush Prasad and Deputy CEO Sachin Ghadge in settling cases related to Gram Panchayat.