Srinagar court rejects bail of Gujarat conman who posed as senior PMO official

Srinagar, March 23 (KNS): A local court in Srinagar on Thursday dismissed bail plea of Gujarat conman who posed as a senior PMO official and took security forces for a ride in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Having reserved the order for Monday after hearing the arguments of the counsel representing Kiran Bhai Patel and additional public prosecutor, the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar stated the bail plea was devoid of any merit.

"I am of the considered opinion that arguments advanced by APP are just, proper and appealing and carries much weight and on the other hand I respectfully disagree with the submission put forth by Counsel for the applicant (Patel) because in case at this stage discretion of bail is exercised in favour of the accused it shall definitely destroy the very fabric of the investigation," the court said. 

The court said in the considered opinion the instant application is devoid of any merit which deserves to be rejected and is rejected.

Kiran Patel, 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. 

Patel was on his third visit to the Kashmir Valley when he was arrested by security officials from a five-star hotel in Nishat area of Srinagar on March 2. (KNS)

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