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Give More Powers to Lok Adalat: SC Judge

Cases of land encroachment and tax issues, which were not solved for years, can be easily solved in the Lok Adalat by giving more powers

Published: 13th April 2014 08:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2014 08:47 AM   |  A+A-

There is a need to give more powers to the chiefs of Lok Adalats to stop cases from going again to the courts, once they are solved in Lok Adalat, said Justice H L Dattu, Judge, Supreme Court.

After inaugurating the Mega Lok Adalat organised by National and State Legal Services Authorities, he said, cases of land encroachment and tax issues, which were not solved for years, can be easily solved in the Lok Adalat by giving more powers to the chief of Lok Adalat.

Justice D H Waghela, Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka and Patron-in-Chief of KSLSA said that in foreign countries, nearly 95 per cent of the cases are solved even before they come to court. “We are solving cases which were pending from decades. We have a target to solve 1.5 lakh cases through Lok Adalat. Last year, we solved 95,000cases in just 21 days,” he added.

On Saturday, 1,015 cases were heard in the Lok Adalat, of which 557 cases were solved.

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