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The arbitration petition in question was just one of the 14,840 cases settled during the 48 sessions of the National Lok Adalat, which were conducted across 44 different courts in the Dakshina Kannada region. Impressively, the cumulative settlement amount reached a substantial figure of Rs 17.97 crore.
Variety of Cases Resolved Among these cases, diverse legal matters were addressed. Notably, one case involved a payment of Rs 25 lakh concerning a cheque dishonor incident filed in 2019. In another instance, a Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation (MVC) petition from 2021 resulted in the National Insurance Company agreeing to compensate two petitioners with a total amount of Rs 23.3 lakh.
Senior citizens also received due attention in this legal forum. A senior citizen was granted compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh in an MVC case, while another senior citizen was awarded Rs 1.2 lakh in a case involving the dishonoring of a cheque. Furthermore, two cases stood out as a husband and wife reconciled during the proceedings.
Another significant achievement during the Lok Adalat proceedings was the resolution of a partition suit dating back to 2013. This particular case had been pending before the court of the Principal Civil Judge and Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Puttur. With this settlement, an enduring legal dispute came to an end.
In the neighboring district of Udupi, Universal Sompo General Insurance stepped forward to provide compensation amounting to Rs 91 lakh. This generous payment was directed towards the family members of a Udupi City Municipal Council employee who tragically lost their life in an accident that occurred in January 2021. This compassionate gesture brought closure to a challenging chapter for the bereaved family.
The Lok Adalat proceedings in Udupi also witnessed heartwarming moments as individuals reunited. In one instance, a 64-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman from Udupi, who had been separated, came together once again. These reunions added a touch of positivity to the overall atmosphere of the legal proceedings.
To wrap it up, the recent National Lok Adalat sessions held in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi brought a wide array of legal matters to resolution. The standout payment of Rs 2.66 crore by the New Mangalore Port Authority in an arbitration dispute underscored the significance of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. With a total settlement amount of Rs 17.97 crore and cases ranging from dishonoured cheques to compensation for accidents, this legal forum provided a platform for justice and reconciliation in the region. It is evident that the Lok Adalat continues to play a vital role in delivering timely and efficient justice to the people.