Khammam: Ensuring equal justice on a basis of equal opportunity in a speedy manner was the objective of conducting Lok Adalat, stated DLSA Chairman and Principal District and Sessions Judge, C Hare Krishna Bhupathi.
He said Lok Adalat, an alternative dispute redressal mechanism aims to provide free legal aid to the litigants involved in the disputes or cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage. Amicable settlement of the disputes would help the litigants save their money and time.
The judge addressed an inaugural ceremony of National Lok Adalat organised by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) here on Saturday. Stating that law treats everyone equally he said was the duty of the governments to protect the interests of the weaker sections and that was why Lok Adalats conducted.
Petty disputes within the family and with neighbours could lead to hatred and in such cases amicable settlement at early stages was essential. Pending criminal cases might take the shape of criminal cases. Lawyers and judges have to explore ways and means to resolve such cases, Bhupathi suggested.
Additional District and Sessions Judge, P Chandra Sekhara Prasad noted that sometimes people were knocking the doors of the court for the sake of prestige. An individual’s mistake should become a trouble for an entire family and litigants should make use of Lok Adalat to settle cases.
Senior Civil Judge and the DSLA Secretary Mohamed Javeed Pasha informed that the Supreme Court has suggested to focus on cases of cheque bounce, chit fund and bank cases with value below two lakh rupees and steps have been taken up to address such cases.
The District Bar Association president M Naryana Rao, Danie Ruth, K Aruna Kumari, M Shyam Sree, Md. Afroz Akthar, N Anitha Reddy, N Shanthi Soni , Mounika Ponnapalli, Nerella Venkata Hyma Pujitha and others were present.
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