The Chief Justice of India, HL Dattu inaugurated the Lok Adalats at the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the state of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Speaking at the event, the Chief Justice said that at least 10 Lakh cases should be settled through the Lok Adalats in a year in the country.
Speaking at the event Justice Dattu said, “Last year we succeeded in our attempt. We crossed beyond ten Lakh cases throughout the country. Even this year, we have this big target to cross not less than ten Lakh as we have done last year. At the end of the day, I will have necessary figures with me and I will certainly say my friends have done a good job and this time it requires some more efforts”.
The Chief Justice said, “What I see in Lok Adalats is a little bit of pressure on the litigants. In my view, the persons handling these matters should leave it to the parties concerned and allow them to settle that dispute between themselves amicably. Because from some quarters, we hear often that this statement that I (the party) was pressurised to sign certain documents”.
Chief Justice further added, “In my humble opinion that should not be done. We are not here to put pressure on the parties to settle a dispute. Their dispute requires to be settled most amicably between the parties. And when they go back, they go back with a smile and they should thank the people who presided over the matter”.