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NEW DELHI: Chhattisgarh High Court and Legal services Authority pioneered e-Lok Adalats in the state during the lockdown time and through video conferencing facilities amicably settled over 2,200 cases many of which were more than five years. Chief Justice P R Rajendra Menon and State Legal services Authority chairman Justice Prashant K Mishra said this was an attempt to reach the judges and justice delivery system to the doorsteps of litigants, who could not approach the court because of the pandemic caused lockdown. In an unique attempt, litigants were connected from their homes to concerned district and tehsil courts as well as to the High Court which took up 156 cases and settled 155 of them.

All courts in 23 districts, from Bastar and Dantewada to Raipur, were connected through video conferencing systems to litigants. Raipur saw the highest 515 of 848 cases getting settled. It was followed by Durg where 293 cases of 300 got settled. But, Dantewada was the only district where none of the 12 cases listed could be resolved.

Justice Mishra, the brain behind the e-Lok Adalat, said he had received guidance from National Legal Services Authority chairman Justice N V Ramana and put the proposal of virtual Lok Adalats during the lockdown period before Justice Menon. “We decided to take the court to the doorsteps of litigants who were eager to settle their disputes. The HC’s computer committee and other Judges as well as all district judges cooperated to make the pioneering effort of e-Lok Adalat a success,” he said.

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