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‘I Have Failed’: VG Siddhartha In Letter to ‘Coffee Day Family’

The CCD founder-owner alleged that he has been harassed at the hands of the Income Tax Department.

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In a heartfelt letter addressed to the “Board of Directors and Coffee Day family,” founder-owner VG Siddhartha alleges that he has been harassed at the hands of the Income Tax Department – and that he has “failed as an entrepreneur”.

Siddhartha, who’s former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna’s son-in-law, was found dead on 31 July after he went missing on the night of Monday, 29 July in Mangaluru.

The letter, which was doing the rounds since Tuesday morning, was confirmed by police officials to The Hindu as “genuine”.

In his letter, Siddhartha writes, “I have failed to create the right profitable business model despite my best efforts.”

The letter also says that he was under pressure to buy back shares from an equity partner, and he did not have the means to do so.

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“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,” he allegedly writes.

It goes on to allege that the Coffee Day founder endured harassment, in the form of interference in financial matters, from the previous Director General of Income Tax.

“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.”
Siddhartha’s letter

The letter ends with a request that the businesses be run under new management and a claim that Siddhartha takes sole responsibility for all his actions.

“I hope someday you will understand, forgive and pardon me,” it says.

Read the full text of the letter here:

To our Board of Directors and Coffee Day family,

After 37 years, with strong commitment to hard work, having directly created 30,000 jobs in our companies and their subsidiaries, as well as another 20,000 jobs in technology company where have been a large shareholder since its founding. I have failed to create the right profitable business model despite my best efforts.

I would like to say I gave it my all. I are very sorry to let down all the people that put their trust in me. 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 tiled by us. This was very unfair and has led to a serious liquidity crunch.

I sincerely request each of you to be strong and to continue running these businesses with a new management. I am solely responsible for all mistakes. Every financial transaction is my responsibility. 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.

This is my sincere submission. I hope someday you will understand, forgive and pardon me. I have enclosed a list of our assets and tentative value of each asset. As seen below our assets outweigh our liabilities and can help repay everybody.

Regards, VG Siddhartha

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