CJI Khe­har Told to Stop Do­nat­ing Blood

CJI, who is turn­ing 65, has been ad­vised by doc­tors to de­sist from blood do­na­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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