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Settle 70% cases at panchayat level: HC judge
Our Correspondent

Jhajjar, November 29
Stressing the importance of the Lok Adalats in settling trivial disputes, Mr Justice V K Bali of the Punjab and Haryana High Court said that about 70 per cent of the cases pending in the courts are minor ones which should be disposed of at the panchayat level itself. Justice Bali, who is also the executive chairperson of the Haryana State Legal Services Authorities, was addressing the audience on the occasion of Lok Adalat at the local court complex here today.

He said that the concept of the Lok Adalats is to lower the workload in the courts by settling such trivial cases through mutual compromise by holding these adalats.

He said earlier he had to request the lawyers to cooperate for the success of the Lok Adalats but now they have been playing a great role in making these adalats a success. The judge also accepted almost all the demands of the District Bar Association and justified them. Mr Bali said that he was quite surprised that despite the complete cooperation of the local administration and the release of funds for the construction of new judicial complex here, the project is hanging fire due to delay in clearance from the construction committee of the High Court.

He also extended the tenure of the Fast Track Court of Mr DD Yadav, which is scheduled to expire by year-end.

Justice Bali also accepted the demand put forth by the Bar Association, District and Session Judge and the district administration on filling the two posts of the Additional District Judge and said that one ADJ would be posted here within a few days.

He said that it is shocking that despite the administration’s cooperation, the justifiable demands of the court are hanging fire for a long time. Earlier, Mr Justice Nawab Singh, District and Sessions Judge, Rohtak welcomed the High Court judge and said that the Lok Adalats have been proving beneficial for the people.

He said earlier only cases related to the Hindu Marriage Act and Motor Vehicle Act were heard in these adalats, but recently, the cases of Bank Loan recovery were also included.


Shoot in Noida Film City, Jaya tells producers
Our Correspondent

Noida, November 29
The recently formed UP State Film Vikas Parishad will ensure that the infrastructure created in the Noida Film City is used to the optimum level for the production of films and other cine-related activities.

“Producers must come here and we shall solve their problems,” Mrs Jaya Bachchan, Chairperson of the UPSFVP said after going around various studios. “This place must become a hub of film production in northern India. Running of an institute for the so-called film training with hostel etc was an illegal activity which must stop,” Mrs Bachchan declared

She was equally emphatic in her opposition to the various studios being used like Delhi’s Sainik Farms as venues for the birthday bash and marriage receptions of the city’s elite. This was Mrs Bachchan’s first visit to Noida Film City after assuming the charge of chairperson of UPSFVP.

The premises should be used for the purpose for which the plots were allotted in the first place. The Noida Film City was established during Vir Bahadur Singh’s tenure as UP Chief Minister. Initially, 16 plots were allotted to well-known film producers and production houses at throw away prices.

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