The third National Lok Adalat reached at final settlements of about Rs. 265 crore all across the country after it junked over 56,000 cases in connection to various bank recovery issues and bouncing of cheques.
The cases taken up in the Lok Adalat fell under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) said that financial bodies and banks from all across India participated in the Lok Adalat to arrive at a conclusion regarding these cases, reports The Times of India.
The Lok Adalat organised to settle various pending and pre-litigation matters was under the benefaction of Chief Justice of India H L Dattu and Supreme Court Judge Justice T S Thakur. The Lok Adalat which was organised at all levels of the judiciary saw the participation of all states except Assam and Uttar Pradesh.
NALSA issued a statement on the organisation of the Lok Adalat saying: "It is evident that the Second National Lok Adalat has greatly benefited the common man and it has been achieved not only because of the legal services authorities/committees but also because of the cooperation extended by the judges, lawyers and various authorities including banks and financial institutions."
The first National Lok Adalat was organised in 2013 which disposed 71.50 lakh similar cases while the second National Lok Adalat of 2014 junked 1.25 crore cases.