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Lok Adalat bench to dispose of pending land acquisition cases

By Our Staff Reporter

KARAIKAL AUG. 30 . The Madras High Court Judge, Justice N. Dhinakar, inaugurated a special Lok Adalat Bench here today for disposal of pending land acquisition cases in the Karaikal region.

The Bench, comprising an additional district judge, the Karaikal Bar Association president and a retired revenue department official as its members, will hear around 230 land acquisition cases pending for long.

Mr. Justice Dhinakar regretted that though the number of cases filed in courts had increased over the years, there was no corresponding increase in number of courts, resulting in backlog of cases. The cases challenging the acquisition of land by governments was a fall-out of industrial revolution initiated during the earlier five year plan, and the Lok Adalat Benches had been set up to dispose of these litigations, to reduce the burden on regular courts. Apart from industrialisation, population growth and awareness among rural people of their basic rights were also the reasons for filing of more number of cases.

Acknowledging the support extended by the Pondicherry Government to the activities of the Union Territory of Pondicherry Legal Services Authority (UTPLSA), he said it was an obligation on the part of the State to extend legal assistance to the poor with an annual family income of less than Rs. 25,000, as they could not meet the cost involved in fighting a case.

The Chief Judge, Pondicherry, M. Chinnapandi, said around 320 land acquisition cases were pending in different courts, and 230 were related to the acquisition of land in the Karaikal region.

The Industries Minister, M. Chandirakasu, and the Karaikal MLA, A.M.H. Nazeem, said efforts would be made soon to construct a building for the district court at Karaikal.

The Regional Administrator, S.M. Khanaji, said a suitable land, measuring around 5 acres, had been identified near the Beach Bypass Road for construction of a court building.

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