Staff Reporter

Governor congratulates judges, lawyers

BANGALORE: In a unique gesture, 623 judges and judicial officers of the State, including Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph on Wednesday pledged to donate their eyes in the presence of Governor T.N. Chaturvedi.

An example

At a function organised at the High Court, the judges, judicial officials, lawyers and other staff members of the High Court and other subordinate courts handed over the forms pledging their eyes to Narayana Nethralaya’s Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank and the Lions International Eye Bank.

Mr. Joseph said the decision to donate eyes by the judicial fraternity was an example for society to follow suit.

Narrating a Malayalam film story, which created some misunderstanding among people about eye donation,

Mr. Joseph said: “The secrecy of the donor and recipient should be maintained. Otherwise it might create unnecessary problems in future like in the film.

“I wonder why non-governmental organisations do not protest against such misleading art forms,” he said.

Governor T.N. Chaturvedi congratulated the judges and lawyers for setting an example by pledging their eyes.

K. Bhujanga Shetty of Narayana Nethralaya highlighted the acute shortage of corneas in a country that has two million blind people.

Managing trustee of Bangalore West Lions Superspeciality Eye Hospital B.L.S. Murthy, chairman of the Sports and Games Committee in the High Court K.L. Manjunath and judge H V G Ramesh also spoke.

Governor’s term

Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, who will complete his five-year term on August 21, said it was a “good and memorable experience” working in Karnataka.

“I do not know what will happen after August 21. But at the end of my term here, I have a sense of fulfilment and I am happy to lay down office. It is time for me to retire and relax,” he said.