Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha’s body found from Netravati River

Mengaluru: VG Siddhartha, the founder of Cafe Coffee Day  (CCD)and son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna, was found dead on the banks of the Netravati river in Hoige Bazaar here at around 6:30 AM on Wednesday.

However, formal identification of the body by a family member was not taken place until the news was filed.

Commissioner of Police (Mangaluru) Sandeep Patil, who rushed to the spot, directed the police personnel to send the body to government-run Wenlock Hospital to conduct a post-mortem.

“The body was found in Hoige Bazaar this morning. We have also informed the matter to his family. The body has been sent to Wenlock Hospital for taking up formalities. We will continue the investigation,” he told reporters.

Siddhartha, the owner of the largest coffee chain in India, had gone missing from the Netravati dam near the coastal city on Monday evening.

According to his driver Basavaraj Patil , Siddhartha got off from his car near a bridge in Kotekar on the Netravati River near Mangalore around 6.30 PM on Monday and did not come back.

The driver later informed the family members who further reported the matter to the police.

Days before he went missing, 60-year-old Sidartha, had reportedly written a letter to board members and employees of Cafe Coffee Day. The letter – accessed by news agency ANI – alleges harassment by an income tax officer and expresses regret for not being able to create “the right profitable business”.

He also said that he was under “tremendous pressure” from one of “the private equity partners.

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