Srinagar Court Rejects Second Bail Plea Of Gujarat Conman

Two Co-Associates Of Patel Arrested In Case Named Prosecution Witnesses

By M Ahmad

Srinagar- A court here has rejected 2nd bail plea of Kiran Bhai Patel, the man from Gujarat who allegedly conned the security establishment in Jammu and Kashmir into believing him to be a PMO official and enjoyed five star protocol “brazenly” for a considerable period of time prior to his arrest in March.

The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar Raja Mohammad Tasleem observed that Patel failed in establishing a case of “any change in circumstances” from the filing of first bail application which was rejected by the court on March 23 this year.

The court observed that the accused seems to be a habitual offender given the fact that as many as five FIRs are registered against him in different places including home State Gujarat. Besides, the court observed that the nature of the offence against him was very serious as the accused has tried his level best to dupe the Government functionaries and seems to be “habitual in committing such type of offences”.

Kiran Patel, the alleged imposter hailing from Gujarat posed as an additional director (strategy and campaigns) in the Prime Minister’s Office and enjoyed many perks, including a bulletproof car and security cover besides other hospitality. Kiran Patel was on his third visit to the Kashmir Valley when he was nabbed by security officials from a five-star hotel in Nishat area of Srinagar on March 2.

As per the police report, Patel forged and manufactured some documents including some visiting cards on the basis of which he has defrauded not only a single or group of persons but “extremely elevated class of the society including high officials of the civil administration and police authorities.” At the end of the day, the police said, Patel succeeded in getting Z Category Security, bullet proof vehicle and enjoyed five star protocol “brazenly” for a considerable period of time.

Meanwhile, in the chargesheet filed before the court in the case on May 2, police have named Patel’s two associates Amit Hitesh Pandya and Jay Sivji Sitapara, as prosecution witnesses in the case against him.

Pertinently Amit Hitest Pandya is the son of Hitesh Pandya, a former additional public relations officer in the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office, who resigned after Patel’s arrest.

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