Metro Cash & Carry CEO faces death threat

Even as the state government is preparing for the Global Investors Meet in about four months, a grim development has shaken the establishment.

Published: 22nd June 2022 06:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2022 07:12 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

BENGALURU: Even as the state government is preparing for the Global Investors Meet in about four months, a grim development has shaken the establishment. The MD and CEO of Metro Cash and Carry, Arvind Mendiratta, has received a ‘death threat’. Metro sources confirmed that they have sought an appointment with Home Minister Araga Jnanendra, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the police top brass to inform them about the threat.

The handwritten note in Tamil says that Metro should sell only to certain companies and names those firms, with a warning that if it is not done, the MD will not be alive. Mendiratta, however, was not available for comments. In its letter to the authorities, Metro stated, “Given the gravity of the threat, we would request your intervention on priority.’’

Mendiratta has been instrumental in turning Metro into a profitable and almost a billion-dollar business in the country. He is an alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta, and has been the FICCI retail and internal trade committee chairman for the last three years. When contacted, Araga Jnanendra said, “We have received the information. I have spoken to the police about it.’’

Former CM HD Kumaraswamy said, “The death threat has to be taken seriously and investigated by the police. As the state prepares for the investors meet in a few months, the authorities have to ensure the safety of the investors.’’Mohandas Pai, former director of Infosys and chairman of Manipal Global Education, suggested that the Metro team should meet Jnanendra and seek personal security for Mendiratta.

Bengaluru is not new to such threats to the rich and powerful. When T Madiyal was Bengaluru police commissioner, a private company received a threat and had informed the police, but hesitated to file a formal complaint. In 2012, real estate magnate Dayanand Pai was attacked and shot at in Basavanagudi.
Metro Cash and Carry, which has invested Rs 2,300 crore in the country and has 33 stores, is headquartered in Bengaluru.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp