Hubballi: In a rare and happy stance, a couple who separated and divorced five decades back reunited last week in Lok Adalat at court in the City.
The elderly couple, Basappa Agadi (85) and Kallavva Agadi (80) are natives of Jinnura Village in Kalaghatagi Taluk of Dharawad District. The couple were married in the year 1966 but separated within two years of the marriage. Though couple belong to same village the differences between them forced to separate. Then Kallavva approached the court for divorce and the court granted divorce and even fixed a maintenance that was to be given to her. However, small farmer Basappa had stopped maintenance to Kallavva which prompted her to tap the door of the court. Interestingly, the couple did not remarry even after decades and have no child.
During the hearing, Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) N. Ganesh was dismayed about the case and decided to put it before Lok Adalat scheduled to be held on Sunday June 25. The Mega Lok Adalat was jointly organised by the
Karnataka State Legal Aid Authority and the Kalaghatagi Taluk Legal Service Committee. At the hearing both couple agreed to live together following counselling.
A record 7,65,077 cases were settled in the Lok Adalats held across courts in the State, the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) has said in a statement. The National Lok Adalat was conducted on June 25 in 20 benches of the High Court and 964 benches of the District Judiciary. These include the disposal of 2,64,464 pending cases and 5,00,613 pre-litigation cases. The highest single day disposal of cases by Lok Adalats was 6,16,715 on October 8, 2016.
In another case cited by the KSLSA, a 101-year old woman and two women aged over 70 settled the property dispute between them after appearing before the Lok Adalat of Principal Senior Civil Judge, Hubballi.
Notices were issued for recovery of more than Rs 1,000 crore in pending traffic violation cases. A total of 2,23,590 traffic challan petty cases were disposed of as pre-litigation cases and fine amount of over Rs 22.36 Crore was collected. A total of 1,46,437 revenue cases like Khata change, issuance of ID cards, pension etc were disposed of. As many as 5,585 bank recovery cases were also settled for a sum of over Rs. 36.24 crore, the release
A total of 11,842 electricity bills and 99,866 water bills recovery cases were settled for a sum of over Rs 3.10 Crore and more than Rs. 25.04 crore respectively. Among the other highlights of the successful Lok Adalat was the settlement of a Negotiable Instruments case (cheque bounce) for an amount of Rs 7.75 crore, that was pending before the 6th Additional Small Causes Judge.