National Lok Adalat disposes of record pre-litigations, criminal cases

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
10 Dec 2017

A total of 93 pre-litigation cases and 96 criminal cases were settled and disposed of by the National Lok Adalat organised by the District Legal Services Authority, Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the ADR Centre - PRAYAS and District Court Building at Port Blair, District Court building at Mayabunder and Circuit Court building at Mayabunder on Saturday. Altogether, 541 pre-litigation disputes and 214 criminal cases pending in Courts were placed before the National Lok Adalat,Justice Soumen Sen, Judge, High Court at Calcutta, presently presiding over the Circuit Bench at Port Blair, Justice Joymalya Bagchi, Judge, High Court at Calcutta & Executive Chairman, Andaman & Nicobar State Legal Services Authority and Justice Arijit BanerJee, Judge, High Court, Calcutta were present at the inaugural function of the Lok Adalat
Addressing the gathering, Justice Soumen Sen highlighted as to how the people will be benefited if the disputes and cases of the litigants are disposed of at the instance of Lok Adalat. Justice Joymalya Bagchi also call upon the disputants and litigants to come forward to get the benefit of Lok Adalat stating that if the cases/disputes at the pre-litigation or post-litigation stage are disposed of at the instance of Lok Adalat the disputes come to an end finally and the order or Award passed by the Lok Adalat cannot be challenged before any higher court or Forum and that the Award can be executed as if it is the decree of a civil court. Justice Arijit Banerjee also emphasized the people, to come forward to the Lok Adalat so that they may get maximum benefit by getting their disputes settled across the table. Mr Siddhartha Kanjilal, District and Sessions Judge & Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, A&N Islands and Mr Rakesh Pal Gobind, Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Bar Association also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, Mr J. Sudarsanan, Chief Administrative Officer, District and Sessions Court welcomed the gathering.
As many as four Benches of Lok Adalat were constituted at Port Blair. Mr Biswaroop Chowdhury, Registrar, High Court at Calcutta, Circuit Bench at Port Blair headed Bench No. l, Mr Siddhartha Kanjilal, District and Sessions Judge & Chairman, DLSA headed Bench No.2, Mr Raju Mukherjee, Judge, Family Court headed Bench No.3 and Mr Amitabha Das, CJM, Port Blair headed Bench No.4 as Chairmen sitting with Smt. Baby Farida, Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, Smt. Alima Bibi, Advocate, Ms. AS Zinu, Advocate, Mr PK Bala, Advocate, Mr Ajit Prasad, Advocate, Smt Rubana Rajesh, Smt. Protima Banerjee and Mr Sanjay Meshack, Social Workers as Members. The other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr Hindol Roy, CJM, Nicobar, Mohammed Tabraiz, Advocate & President, Andaman and Nicobar Bar Association, Mr Anirban Chatterjee, Mr Sukumar Mondal and Mr Satyajit Maity, Judicial Magistrates.