J&K Police files charge sheet at Srinagar court in Gujarat conman case

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Police has filed a charge sheet before a Chief Judicial Magistrate in Srinagar against Gujarat conman Kiran Bhai Patel, who hoodwinked senior officers of the J&K Police and civil administration for over two months.

Patel had introduced himself as the Additional Director (Strategy & Campaign) in the Prime Minister’s Office and was arrested by J&K Police on March 3 from Srinagar’s luxurious hotel during his fourth visit. He is lodged in Srinagar’s central jail.

Police said the charge sheet was filed before CJM in sections 419 (impersonation), 42 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 170 (personating a public servant), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code and Sections 3, 5 of Emblem & Names (Prev of improper use) Act 1950.

After questions were raised as to how Patel managed to hoodwink the Jammu & Kashmir police and administration by introducing himself as a PMO official, the J&K government ordered a high level inquiry to look for “lapses”.

The probe is being conducted by Kashmir’s Divisional Commissioner Vijay Kumar Bidhuri.

Sources said, the report is yet to be submitted to the J&K administration.