Man Held For Posing As Gujarat CMO Official And GIFT City President

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Man Held For Posing As Gujarat CMO Official And GIFT City President

| Updated: May 1, 2023 11:58

The Police have arrested a man for allegedly posing as an official of the Gujarat chief minister’s office (CMO) and the president of Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) and for the charge of raping a model on the promise of giving her a job, an official said.

The accused, Viraj Patel, was arrested on Saturday, and his true identity was revealed after he got into a quarrel with someone and was brought to a police station in Vadodara.

“The man was brought to the police station on Friday night along with the model accompanying him after he entered into a quarrel with someone at a multiplex. The accused initially told the police that he was a CMO official who had come to watch a movie with the woman. He also claimed that he was the president of the GIFT City,” Assistant Commissioner of Police A V Katkad said.

When the police checked his identity, it was found that he used a different surname on his PAN card, while there was no surname mentioned on his Aadhaar card. During his interrogation, Patel revealed that he was neither working in the CMO nor was he the president of GIFT City, he said.

After his real identity came to light, the model from Mumbai accompanying him claimed that he raped her on the pretext of giving her a job as the brand ambassador of GIFT City and promised to marry her, Katkad said.

The accused has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including 170 (pretending to hold any particular office as a public servant), 417 (cheating), 467 (forgery), and 376 (rape). In addition, a second FIR has been filed by the woman, and Patel has been booked under IPC sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating and dishonestly), and 376(2)(n) (repeated rape on the same woman).

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