CJI Khehar Told to Stop Donating Blood
CJI, who is turning 65, has been advised by doctors to desist from blood donation
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, who has been religiously donating blood every three months at AIIMS ever since 2011, can’t donate blood anymore. Wednesdaywillthelastdayhewillbedonating blood, at AIIMS.
The CJI, who has patronised blood donation all his life, has a unique problem. Thoughhewouldideallyliketocontinuedonating blood, his doctors have put their foot down, a problem that one of the most power- ful men in this country cannot overcome by a judicial diktat.
The doctors attending to the CJI at the premier medical institute had asked him to desistfromdonatingbloodassoonasheturned 60. But the CJI insisted on going on.
Now that he is turning 65, the doctors have put their foot down and advised him not to donate blood any further.
“Todayisthelastdayhewilldonateblood,” a source said. “He would have loved to go on donating,butthedoctorshaveunfortunately put their foot down.” The CJI retires on August 27, when he turns 65.
Under medical rules, a healthy person can donatebloodevery90dayswithoutrunning the risk of adversely affecting his health provided he does not suffer from any major ailment. The rules, however, clearly specify thatonlyapersonbetween18to60yearscan donate blood voluntarily. The person donatingbloodmustalsonotweighlessthan45kg.
Those in the know of things say the CJI’s cardrawsupnearAIIMSevery90dayssans anyofficialparaphernaliasuchasapilotcar bearing the national flag to drop off the VIP blood donor.
It’s a logistical nightmare for his staff to ensure that the CJI reaches AIIMS on time tokeeptohisthree-monthschedulesansthe pilotcarandsecurity.Buthehasunfailingly stuck to his schedule.