Sadananda Gowda’s brother dies; hospital authorities refuse to accept old notes


Mangaluru: Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda too had to face the hardships the common man has been subjected to since the demonetisation announcement by the Centre.

Sadananda Gowda’s brother Bhaskar Gowda, who was undergoing treatment for jaundice at Kasturba Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru passed away on Tuesday, November 22. The hospital authorities however refused to accept the demonetized currency notes to clear the pending bills before releasing the body.

When Sadananda Gowda accompanied by his family members, friends and party workers, arrived at the hospital to take the body, the hospital authorities insisted that bills be paid in the new currency despite many sincere efforts by the union minister.

The hospital authorities refused to budge from their stance even when they were pointed out the union government’s directive to accept the notes till November 24. Finally they relented too accepting the payment in the form of cheque.

Upset over the incident, the minister has said that he will order for suitable action against the hospital.

Most of the hospitals in Mangaluru have stopped accepting old currency notes. Few protests too have been held in this regards.

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