Srinagar- Nearly six months after his arrest, 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, was granted bail by a court here.
He had enjoyed five star protocol “brazenly” for a considerable period of time prior to his arrest on March 2 this year.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar Raja Mohammad Tasleem granted the bail, Patel’s lawyer said.
Earlier the court had rejected two bail applications by Patel, observing that he seemed to be a habitual offender in view of the fact that as many as five FIRs are registered against him in different places including his home State Gujarat. Besides, the court had 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.
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