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This Doctors Behaviour Will Shock You: FIR Lodged

The Govandi police on Saturday registered an offence against a doctor for denying to accept the now-banned currency notes of Rs500, eventually leading to the death of a newborn.

The case has been registered against Dr Sheetal Kamat of Jeevan Jyot Hospital at Govandi for causing death by negligence. The police said that the complainant, Jagdish Sharma, a carpenter, lodged a complaint alleging that despite these currency notes in denomination of Rs500 and Rs1,000 ceased to be a legal tender starting from Tuesday midnight as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government had given clear directions that the hospitals, banks, toll nakas and other public utilities services should accept these notes till December 31.

The police said that Sharma’s pregnant wife, Kiran, was taking treatment from Dr Kamat. Though Kiran was due in December, she delivered a premature baby on November 9.

 The investigating officer, S Jatkar, said that the next day, the underweight baby was sick and so she consulted Dr Kamat. “She checked the baby and said that the premature baby was not keeping well and needed to be hospitalized,” said Jatkar. Kamat asked Kiran to deposit Rs6,000 for the baby admitted to the hospital.
 Sharma deposited 35 notes of Rs100 and five notes of 500,” said Jatkar. “But Kamat refused to accept Rs500 notes. Sharma told her that he was unable to arrange Rs100 notes but Kamat refused to entertain him. Sharma returned home with the sick baby and later approached another private doctor and subsequently took the child to Rajawadi Hospital where the baby was declared dead.”