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Siddaramaiah calls for impartial probe into death of CCD owner Siddhartha

Congress leader Siddaramaiah. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 31, 2019, 11.55 AM (IST)

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday called for an ''impartial investigation'' into the death of Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha and said "invisible hands that ended his (Siddhartha) life in this tragic way should be unearthed through impartial & fair investigation''.

The Congress leader implicitly alleged that Income Tax department acted as a `politically motivated institution` and Siddhartha was a victim of `tax terrorism`.

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"The death of V G Siddhartha is both disturbing & mysterious. The reasons & the invisible hands that ended his life in this tragic way should be unearthed through impartial & fair investigation. Our party & I shall always stand with Shri. S M Krishna in their fight for justice" tweeted Siddaramaiah.

"The letter supposed to have written by V G Siddhartha a few days before his death has discussed about tax terrorism, which is an ugly face of politically motivated institutions. What signals are we sending to the budding entrepreneurs without even an attempt to reform?" he said in a subsequent tweet.

Following a massive search operation involving multiple agencies, the body of missing CCD founder-owner VG Siddhartha was found on the banks of Netravati River near Hoige Bazaar in Mangaluru. The 58-year-old businessman is the son-in-law of former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna and was missing since Monday evening from Mangaluru.

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The Congress leader implicitly alleged that Income Tax department acted as a `politically motivated institution` and Siddhartha was a victim of `tax terrorism`.