The State Government has decided to reimburse fixed medical expenses, servant allowance and telephone charges incurred by retired judges and chief justices of the Karnataka High Court with immediate effect.

It issued a Government Order, acting on a letter from the Registrar General of the High Court, which stated that some retired judges had requested for reimbursement of medical claims, on a par with sitting judges, in view of the increase in the cost of medical expenses.

The letter pointed out that many high courts in the country were providing the same medical facilities to sitting and retired judges.

As per the Government Order, retired chief justices would get Rs. 30,000 a year as medical reimbursement, Rs. 3,000 a month as servant allowance and Rs. 1,500 a month as telephone charges. Retired judges would get Rs. 20,000 a year as medical reimbursement, Rs. 2,500 a month as servant allowance and Rs. 1,000 a month as reimbursement of telephone bills.

Sources said only those judges who were neither practicing as advocates nor reemployed by the government were eligible for the reimbursement.