Rajasthan makes history with 1st online Lok Adalat

Jaipur: In a first, an online Lok Adalat was held in view of the ongoing corona pandemic.

A total of seven benches were set up by district legal services authority for the online Lok Adalat in which the benches heard parties to settle their grievances. Though the number of matters which were listed was low, the initiative turned out to be a successful experiment.

The online Lok Adalat was held in the supervision of Rajasthan Legal Services Authority member Brijesh Kumar Jain and joint secretary Dev Kumar Khatri.

The state government also withdrew more than 8,000 petty cases. Advocates were also made members in the benches along with the judges. In one of the benches, district authority secretary Siddheswar Puri conducted a hearing with advocate Pramendra Puri. Awards were also passed after compromise between the parties.

In the closing ceremony, Supreme Court justice Dinesh Maheshari said that the country is passing through a new phase and new possibilities will have to be explored after the corona pandemic is over.

Speaking in the ceremony, chief justice of Rajasthan high court Indrajit Mahanty said that it was a matter of pride that National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) chose the state for this pilot project.

Justice Ajay Rastogi said that Rajasthan is witnessing a new start of online Lok Adalat. National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) chairman justice NV Ramana, also addressed the ceremony and appreciated the move.