A senior official in the Gujarat Chief Minister’s office, Hitesh Pandya has resigned due to a massive controversy over his son being part of a fake official team of PMO which tricked the J&K administrative and security apparatus to secure Z plus security cover, official accommodation at a five-star hotel and a lot more.
Amit Pandya, son of Hitesh Pandya, was part of a fake ‘official team’ led by conman Kiran Patel after pictures of him enjoying the snow, surrounded by security forces, surfaced. Kiran was accompanied by Pandya’s son Amit and one Jay Sitapara when he was arrested by the J&K Police. The J&K Police have summoned Amit and Jay for questioning.
In his resignation letter, Hitesh Pandya said that he doesn’t want the image of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Office to be tarnished, even as his son is “innocent”. “My son is innocent. However, I don’t want the image of the CMO and the PMO tarnished, and hence I am resigning from the post,” Pandya is reported to have said in the resignation letter.
Since 2001, Hitesh Pandya was serving as public relation officer (PRO)in Gujarat CMO, he gave his resignation to Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday late evening after nearly 22 years in the office where he served under five chief ministers, including Keshubhai Patel, Narendra Modi, Anandiben Patel, Vijay Rupani and Bhupendra Patel. Initially, he was appointed as assistant PRO and then appointed as the Additional PRO.