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Report No. 114

4.16. Exclusion of certain areas where courts with people's participation are successful.-

At present a unique experiment is being carried on by Anand Niketan Ashram, Rangpur, covering literally number of Talukas where voluntary Lok Adalat is functioning successfully. This was initiated by one Shri Harivallabh Parikh.1 Similar experiment with a slight variation is being carried on in Dholka Taluka. It was initiated by Ravi Shanker Maharaj and Muni Santbalji. If people in these and similar areas where such successful experiments with peoples participation in the administration of justice are carried on, so desire, it would be open to the authority to exclude these areas from the operation of the Nyaya Panchayat that may be set up as herein envisaged.

Drawing inspiration from the success achieved by the Lok Adalats in Gujarat which at present is a voluntary effort sustained by the local Legal Aid Committee, some Lok Adalats were convened in various cities of Uttar Pradesh. A Lok Adalat presided over by retired Judges of the Delhi High Court was convened in Delhi for settling claims of victims of motor accidents. The attempt is to give it a concrete shape and form.

1. See U. Baxi From Takkar to karar: The Lok Adalat at Rangpur-A Preliminary Study, 10 Journal of Constitutional and Parlimentary studies, (1976), pp. 52-116, at, p. 54.

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