CCD owner VG Siddhartha missing live updates: VG Siddhartha, the founder of India's largest coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) and former Karnataka CM and former Union minister SM Krishna's son-in-law, has reportedly been missing from the Netravati dam site in Karnataka since Monday evening. Reports suggest Siddhartha got off from his car near a bridge in Kotekar on the Netravati River near Mangalore and did not come back. As Siddhartha did not return even after an hour, his driver tried to look for him but to no avail. He later informed the family members who further reported the matter to the police. The driver said Siddhartha was talking to someone over the mobile phone when he got off from the car. The Karnataka Police have launched a massive search operation in the area to find the missing businessman.
The Mangalore Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil told ANI: "Yesterday, he left from Bengaluru, saying he is going to Sakleshpur. But on the way, he told his driver to go to Mangalore." Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro had recently purchased around 20 per cent stake of VG Siddhartha and CCD in tech company Mindtree through block deal for about Rs 3,210 crore. Mindtree promoters had opposed the deal. In an alleged letter, which is being circulated over social media, Siddhartha says he "failed to create the right profitable business model despite my best efforts." However, the signatures mentioned in the letter differ from Siddhartha's signatures in the company's annual report in 2018.
11.55 AM: District Commissioner, Dakshin Kannada, Sasikanth Senthil on VG Siddhartha missing case: "We are conducting search & rescue operation. 8 teams conducting search along with Coast Guard and NDRF. We have also asked for support from Navy."
Dist Commissioner, Dakshin Kannada, Sasikanth Senthil on VG Siddhartha missing case: We are conducting search & rescue operation. 8 teams conducting search along with Coast Guard and NDRF. We have also asked for support from Navy, Karwar. pic.twitter.com/Wl8qPhNItR— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
11.36 AM: "The VG Siddhartha news is just stunning. He certainly wasn't a failed entrepreneur! Black letter day for startups & entrepreneurship in India!" says Amit Ranjan, co-founder, SlideShare.
Bengaluru: Former Karnataka CM, HD Kumaraswamy visits residence of former union minister SM Krishna. His son-in-law, VG Siddhartha has been missing from Mangaluru. pic.twitter.com/SZUhskm6SE— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
10.54 AM: Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy visits residence of former union minister SM Krishna.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner,S Patil on VG Siddhartha (in file pic) missing case:I visited SM Krishna's (former Karnataka CM & father-in-law of VG Siddhartha) house last night. I spoke to Siddhartha's wife&other relatives and gathered some information.I'm currently in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/lllHbewOBX— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
10.53 AM: "This is to inform you that, Mr V G Siddhartha, Chairman and Managing Director of Coffee Day Enterprises Limited, has not reachable since yesterday evening. We are taking the help of concerned authorities. Company is professionally managed and led by competent leadership team, which will ensure continuity of business," Coffee Day said in a statement.
10.33 AM: The 58-year-old coffee entrepreneur's letter to employees and board of directors of CCD, states, "Every financial transaction is my responsibility...the law should hold me & only me accountable." However, the signatures don't match with his signatures in the company's annual report.
10.18 AM: Siddhartha's company Coffee Day, that listed on the exchange in November 2015, had a gross debt of Rs 6,547.38 crore in March 2019, says the CMIE data.
10.09 AM: Profit earned by selling stake in Mindtree: Over a period of eight years, Siddhartha bought his stake in Mindtree at a price close to Rs 435.79 crore. He sold 2.5 lakh shares at the price of Rs 122.33 in 2012 amounting to Rs 25.52 crore, followed by a minor sale of 250 shares in 2018 at a price of Rs 864 per share which amounted to Rs 2.16 lakh. After these deductions, the effective cost of investment that VG Siddhartha incurred while buying all his stake in Mindtree comes to around Rs 410.25 crore. The consideration paid by Larson & Toubro to acquire CCD founder's stake as per BSE filing is Rs 3,269 crore. This implies that VG Siddhartha made a profit of Rs 2,858.74 crores by selling his stake in Mindtree.
10.04 AM: Shares of Coffee Day Enterprises shed 19.99% in the early trade on July 30 after Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha was reported missing since the night of July 29. CCD stock opened at a loss of 19.99% or 38.50 points to Rs 154.05 on BSE, also the stock's all time and new 52 week low. There are only sellers in the stock and no buyers standing.
10.01 AM: Here's the full alleged letter written by Siddhartha, which has been circulated over social media. However, the signature mentioned in the letter differs from Siddhartha's signatures mentioned in the company's annual report.
9.56 AM: The alleged letter says: "I would like to say I gave it my all. I am very sorry to let down all the people that put trust in me. I fought for a long time but today I gave me 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."
9.45 AM: In an alleged letter, which is being circulated over social media, Siddhartha says he has "failed to create the right profitable business model despite my best efforts."
9.35 am: Over 200 policemen and divers on about 25 boats are searching for VG Siddhartha. The sniffer dogs are also pressed into service by the deputy commissioner of police.
9.21 AM: Security beefed up at the company's headquarter at CCD square in Bengaluru.
9.13 AM: Mangaluru Police Commissioner S Patil: "I visited SM Krishna's (former Karnataka CM & father-in-law of VG Siddhartha) house last night. I spoke to Siddhartha's wife & other relatives and gathered some information. I'm currently in Bengaluru."
Congress leader DK Shivakumar visited former Karnataka CM, SM Krishna at his residence in Bengaluru, early morning today. SM Krishna's son-in-law & founder-owner Cafe Coffee Day, VG Siddhartha has gone missing in Mangaluru. pic.twitter.com/B5FLwzQVf1— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
9.10 AM: Congress leader DK Shivakumar meets SM Krishna at his residence in Bengaluru.
Mangaluru Police Commissioner, Sandeep Patil on VG Siddhartha missing case: Boat service and help of local fishermen being taken to conduct search operation in the Netravati river. We are checking with whom all he spoke last. https://t.co/1xZtVsPHAi— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
8.59 AM: Here's what the driver said about the entire incident: "I have been driving with Siddharth for the past three years. I went to his Bangalore residence at 8 am on Monday and then to Vittal Mallya office and back home at 11 am. At 12.30 pm, Siddharth asked to me to take him to Sakleshpur. And then he said drive towards Mangalore. When I was entering the main Mangalore circle, he said take a left and let's go to the site. We reached the Kerala highway and drove 3-4 km. He asked me to stop at the bridge, and that he'll walk and go to the end of the bridge. Then he got down from the car and asked me to sit inside the car and drive to the other side of the bridge. At 8 pm, I called him but his phone was switched off. Then I called his son, who also called him but to no avail. Later, I filed a complaint."
8.48 AM: Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil says the police had deployed a dog squad that stopped in the middle of the bridge. "Boat service and help of local fishermen being taken to conduct search operation in the Netravati river. We are checking with whom all he spoke last," he adds.
Congress leader, UT Khadar at the site of search operation for former Karnataka CM SM Krishna's son-in-law, #VGSiddhartha, in Mangaluru: I was shocked when I got the news. Police Commissioner and DC have ordered a search operation, it is being carried out with support from locals pic.twitter.com/ZihpwcKCGN— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
8.43 AM: Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil told ANI: "Yesterday, he left from Bengaluru, saying he is going to Sakleshpur. But on the way, he told his driver to go to Mangaluru."
8.23 AM: "I was shocked when I got the news. Police Commissioner and DC have ordered a search operation, it is being carried out with support from locals," says Congress leader UT Khadar.
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa and Congress leader DK Shivakumar&BL Shankar visited former Karnataka CM, SM Krishna at his residence in Bengaluru, early morning today. VG Siddhartha, son-in-law of former CM Krishna & founder-owner Cafe Coffee Day, has gone missing in Mangaluru. pic.twitter.com/xRix1tXBoq— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
8.19 AM: It was reported recently that Coca-Cola was in early talks with CCD to acquire a substantial stake in India's largest coffee chain. CCD was eyeing a valuation of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 crore from Coca-Cola for the stake sale.
8.15 AM: L&T recently bought 3.27 crore shares held by Siddhartha and Coffee Day Trading Limited in Mindtree for Rs 3,210 crore.
8.09 AM: Political leaders gather at the residence of SM Krishna.
Karnataka: People gather at former Karnataka CM, SM Krishna's residence in Bengaluru; His son-in law & founder-owner of Cafe Coffee Day, VG Siddhartha, has gone missing near Netravati River in Mangaluru. pic.twitter.com/tj04e5eoYO— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2019
8.04 AM: People have gathered at former Karnataka CM SM Krishna's residence in Bengaluru.