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Cash Crunch Hits Sadananda Gowda as Hospital Refuses to Release Brother's Body

Demonetisation came as double whammy for D V Sadananda Gowda when his brother passed away on Tuesday at Kasturba Manipal Hospital (a private hospital) in Mangaluru and the hospital administration refused to accept the full and final payment in old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 to hand over his brother's body.

Deepa Balakrishnan, ---deepab18

Updated:November 23, 2016, 1:48 PM IST
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Gowda's brother passed away on Tuesday at Kasturba Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru. (TV grab/CNN-News18)

Bengaluru :It's not just the common man but Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday became victim of the hardship of demonetisation scheme which was implemented by his own government on November 8.

Demonetisation came as double whammy for Gowda when his brother passed away on Tuesday at Kasturba Manipal Hospital (a private hospital) in Mangaluru and the hospital administration refused to accept the full and final payment in old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 to hand over his brother's body.

Gowda finally paid the bill through cheque and took a written declaration from the hospital that they refused to accept old currency notes.

Sources told CNN-News18 that the Union Minister has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him about his ordeal.

"I can understand how inconvenient it can be for people if old currency notes are not accepted at hospitals. Whatever the hospital administration did was inappropriate. A probe may be ordered in the case," Gowda said.

The central government has clearly said that all private hospitals are supposed to accept old currency till November 24, 2016.

On one hand, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government insists that note ban trouble is for greater good but on the other the drive has caused serious problems for citizens across the country.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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