VG Siddhartha: Congress blames I-T officials, tax terrorism for CCD founder's death
BusinessToday.In July 31, 2019
Congress has taken to Twitter to blame Income Tax officials for the death of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha. After his disappearance on Monday evening started a full-fledged search by the Karnataka Police, the businessman's body was found on Wednesday morning around 6:50 am. In a letter he had sent a day before his disappearance Siddhartha had said that he was sorry to let people who put their faith in him down. He also said that he faced a lot of harassment from DG of the tax department as well as partners of a private equity firm.
Following the tragic development on Wednesday morning, Karnataka Congress tweeted that his death is the result of decline of "India's entrepreneurial position turning virulent by the day, with tax terror and collapse of economy".
They also added that companies that flourished under UPA are crumbling now.
Shashi Tharoor also said that 'Ease of Doing Business' has transformed into 'Ease of Ending Business' under BJP.
Anandpur Sahib MP and Congress leader Manish Tiwari also blamed I-T department. He said that Siddhartha was allegedly harassed and hounded to commit suicide by an unnamed DG of the department.
On Tuesday, Aam Aadmi Party national spokesperson Raghav Chadha also blamed "regulatory compliances, bad policies and political meddling" for Siddhartha's disappearance.
In the letter undersigned by Siddhartha, he had said, "I 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. 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. This was very unfair and has led to a serious liquidity crunch (sic)."
Upon finding the body, Mangaluru Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil said, "We found the body early morning today. 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."