Jammu, Nov 10: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday quashed an order by Lok Adalat for passing it after hearing only one party to the case.
“It is trite law that matter in which both the parties have given their consent can be decided in the Lok Adalat,” said a bench of Justice Alok Aradhe.
Hearing a plea filed by one Man Chand, the court observed that in the present case the Lok Adalat had passed the order in his absence on 14 March 2015 at Kishtwar.
Chand’s counsel submitted that before passing the order, Chand was neither heard nor had given the consent for deciding the matter before the Lok Adalat.
“From the perusal of the order itself, it is evident that the matter has been adjudicated upon in absence of (Chand),” the court according to news agency GNS said. After hearing counsel for the parties and perusing the order
, the court quashed the order. “The impugned order is, therefore, abinitio void. The same is, hereby quashed,” the court said. (GNS)