Fraudster Kiran Patel’s case is getting increasingly intriguing by the day, with astonishing details emerging from investigations. It’s revealed that Patel, who had been impersonating a PMO official in J&K and enjoyed top VIP facilities, wanted to start a software company.
Twenty-three years old stamp papers recovered from his residence A/17 Prestige Bungalows in Ghodasar give a strong clue about his business plans before the Gujarat police nabbed him. Since Patel wasn’t comfortable with bank transactions, he left no records of the company he aspired to start, which even flummoxed crime branch officials. Interestingly, he had bank accounts in Bank of India, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Union Bank and Allahabad Bank. He had decent savings of Rs 3 lakhs and 4 lakhs in only two banks. Nominal transactions of a few thousands here and there were identified in his other accounts. The lack of savings didn’t deter him from issuing cheques with huge amounts. When the cheques bounced, he would make the payments in cash.
Vibes of India has learnt that he deposited the stamp papers at Atma House, comprising the names Sai Bar – 7 Technology and V – Define Associates, possibly used to register his company. It’s another matter that his firm never saw the light of the day.
He’s facing additional charges based on a complaint by Jagdish Chavda, brother of a senior politician, Jawahar Chavda, who accused the Patel and his wife of taking illegal possession of his bungalow.
Patel and his wife approached Chavda who wanted to sell his bungalow in Shilaj. With his persuasive powers, Patel convinced Chavda that he would offer a handsome price to buy his bungalow. What’s more, he even borrowed Rs 35 lakhs from Chavda to get the bungalow renovated. Chavda believed in Patel’s PMO drivel and walked into a trap. While the renovation work was going on, Chavda was away for social work. When he returned, he was stunned to see that Patel had already put his nameplate on the bungalow, carried out a housewarming ceremony, and even filed a civil suit claiming ownership of the property.
When Chavda confronted him, Patel assured he would return the Rs 35 lakhs. He said he would receive a huge amount for some corporate projects. All of this, of course, was another of his deceptive stories. From posing as an additional secretary to claiming to be a government-certified buyer for apple orchards in south Kashmir, his is a long list of fictitious tales.
Meanwhile, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch is probing Patel’s educational qualifications. So far, the police haven’t found any certificates of engineering or IIM degrees that Patel claims to have. Another FIR will be lodged against Patel if his claims turn out to be fake.
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