CCD founder VG Siddhartha found dead

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VG Siddhartha launched India’s first coffee cafe chain in 1996

Although VG Siddhartha’s family was in business, he launched India’s first coffee café chain — Café Coffee Day — on Brigade Road, Bengaluru in 1996. He has been credited with making the Chikkamagaluru coffee popular worldwide.



Body taken to Mangaluru’s Wenlock hospital for identification, post mortem

The body of VG Siddhartha, founder of India’s largest Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, is being shifted to the Wenlock hospital in Mangaluru, where family members will be formally asked to identify the body. Later, the post-mortem will also be carried out at the same hospital.



Body found near Hoige Bazaar beach in Mangaluru after 36-hr-long search ops

The body of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha has been found. The body was recovered by a group of fishermen from the Netravati river, near Hoige Bazaar beach in Mangaluru. The spot from where the body was recovered, was reportedly some distance away from the bridge he was seen on last.

Mangaluru Police says body yet to be formally identified 

Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil said, “We found a body early morning today around 6 am, which appears to be that of VG Siddhartha. It needs to be identified, we have already informed the family members. We are shifting the body to Wenlock Hospital. We will continue further investigation.”


‘I Give Up’: VG Siddhartha in his last letter

In his final letter addressed to the CCD family, VG Siddhartha said he fought for a long time but “today, I gave up as I could not take any more pressure from one of the private equity partners forcing me to buy back shares, a transaction I had partially completed six months ago by borrowing a large sum of money from a friend”. “Tremendous pressure from other lenders lead to me succumbing to the situation,” he said.

Postmortem to be conducted in Mangaluru

The body will now be taken to Mangaluru for a post mortem, reports said, after which Siddhartha’s body will be handed over to the family.



Siddhartha wrote a letter blaming Income Tax department and his equity partner for “tremendous pressure”

Missing for over 48 hours, Siddhartha had left a letter for his family and colleagues. In the letter, Siddhartha blames “serious liquidity crunch”, “harassment from the previous DG income tax” and “pressure from one of the private equity partners forcing me to buy back shares” for his situation.

“…I have failed to create the right profitable business model despite my best efforts,” Siddhartha says in the letter addressed to “our Board of Directors and Coffee day family.”

Siddhartha’s body found

The body of VG Siddhartha, founder of India’s largest Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, was found on Wednesday morning. According to News18, the body was recovered from the Netravati river where Siddhartha was seen last on Sunday night.




The body of VG Siddhartha, founder of India’s largest Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, is being shifted to the Wenlock hospital in Mangaluru, where family members will be formally asked to identify the body. Later, the post-mortem will also be carried out at the same hospital.

The body of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha has been found. The body was recovered by a group of fishermen from the Netravati river, near Hoige Bazaar beach in Mangaluru. The spot from where the body was recovered, was reportedly some distance away from the bridge he was seen on last.

The body of VG Siddhartha, founder of India’s largest Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day, was found on Wednesday morning. According to News18, the body was recovered from the Netravati river where Siddhartha was seen last on Sunday night.



At the end of a meeting, Coffee Day Enterprises’ Board released a letter, in which it said that it is shocked that Siddhartha has been absent since Monday. The letter, however, says that the operations of the company will remain unaffected, as reported by CNN-News18.

According to reports, a helicopter from Kochi that was supposed to join the search operations for Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha on Tuesday has not been able to take off due to bad weather.

News18 quoted Congress leader UT Khader as saying, “Even if it takes off now, we don’t have much time before day light ends. We are seeing if search operations can continue through the night because 24-36 hours are crucial.”

 Former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy weighed in on the disappearance of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha and said that he “gave life to many villagers”.



“Siddhartha faced several challenges. He is a role model for youngsters. I met him 7 months ago. He spoke about the income tax raids but didn’t make any charges against anyone. But I saw his letter in the media and it is surprising. Friends also told him to sell the assets but there are some issues with few debts,” he was quoted by India Today as saying.

Karnataka Bank has written to the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange claiming that VG Siddhartha’s company, Coffee Day Enterprises which is the parent company of the Cafe Coffee Day franchise, owes the bank Rs 152.48 crore.

Local media reports quoting the letter also said that the bank claimed that Siddhartha’s firm pledged property to take the loan.

According to various reports, Siddhartha was talking to someone over the phone when he asked his driver to stop the car near Netravati river and got down around 6:30 pm on Monday. After he failed to show up several minutes later, the driver panicked and called the family.

As part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of business tycoon VG Siddhartha on Tuesday, the Karnataka Police searched the premises of his coffee estate in Mudigere in Karnataka. Local reports also said that the employees working at the estate are also being questioned in the probe.



Congress leader Milind Deora said the disappearance of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha was the “ugliest example of agency persecution wrecking India’s growth story”.

He also hoped that Siddhartha is safe and is found soon. He added, “Siddharth is an exceptional entrepreneur who introduced millions of Indians to coffee.”

Heavy rain is creating a roadblock in the search operations for VG Siddhartha at the site of his disappearance around the Netravati River and bridge near Mangaluru in Karnataka. The Cafe Coffee Day founder was last seen on the bridge.

The river directly opens into the sea at a distance of 600 metres, India Today reported.

VG Siddhartha, in his letter, said that he was “solely” responsible for the “mistakes” made. He also requested the staff and the board of directors, to whom the letter was addressed, to be “strong and continue running these businesses with a new management”.



He also said, “Every financial transaction is my responsbility. My team, auditors and senior management are totally unaware of all my transactions. The law should hold me and only me accountable, as I have withheld this information from everybody including my family. My intention was never to cheat or mislead anybody, I have failed as an entrepreneur.”

Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha, who went missing on Monday night in Mangaluru, in his letter said that there was “tremendous pressure” from other lenders which lead him to “succumb to the situation”.

“There was a lot of harassment from the previous DG income tax in the form of attaching our shares on two separate occasions to block our Mindtree deal and then taking position of our Coffee Day shares, although the revised returns have been filed by us,” he said in the letter.



CNN-News18 has accessed a letter purportedly written by Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddaratha to the staff of the chain restaurants. In the letter, of which the authenticity and veracity is yet to be confirmed by the Karnataka Police, Siddhartha said that he has failed as an entrepreneur.

VG Siddhartha, the founder of Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day who also owns Asia’s single-largest coffee estate, is reportedly missing since Monday evening. His phone has been switched off since Monday night.

He is the son-in-law of veteran BJP leader SM Krishna.

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