Bangalore News July 31 highlights: Nearly two days since he was first reported missing, the cremation of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha took place in his ancestral home in Chethanahalli at Mudigere taluk, Chikkamagaluru, on Wednesday.
Also, the son-in-law of former Union External Affairs Minister and former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna, Siddhartha’s body was found on the banks of the Nethravathi river near Mangaluru at 4.30 am Wednesday.
Condoling the death of coffee tycoon VG Siddhartha, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it is a “dangerous signal for the country.. if all industrialists leave the country or commit suicide.” “I’m feeling sad today because it should not be the future of the industry or agriculture,” she said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd named independent director SV Ranganath as their interim chairman. ““The board appointed SV Ranganath as the interim chairman and Nitin Bagmane as an interim chief operating officer (COO) of the company,” Coffee Day Enterprises, which runs India’s biggest coffee chain CCD, read a regulatory filing.
Politicians and celebrities from across the state paid tribute to the businessman at Mangalore and at his establishment in Chikkamagaluru before the body was taken to Chethanahalli for the funeral.
While Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa was the first among other politicians to pay homage to Siddhartha, senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar chose to be with the deceased’s family throughout the day. He flew with Krishna and his wife from HAL airport, Bangalore in a helicopter to Chikkamagaluru this afternoon.