Alleged conman Kiran Patel was brought to Ahmedabad on Thursday from a jail in Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir).
The Ahmedabad Crime Branch brought Patel to Gujarat on a transfer warrant and placed him under arrest in a cheating case, an official said.
He was remanded in the custody of the crime branch till 2pm on Friday, the official said, adding that it is the second occasion when Gujarat police have brought him from J-K through a transfer warrant.
This was the seventh FIR against Patel and involved alleged cheating of a businessman by posing as a Class I officer, he said.
Patel made headlines across India when he was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir for posing as a top official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in March after videos showing him moving around under security cover went viral.
As per the fresh FIR registered with Sola police station in Ahmedabad recently, Patel, a resident of Ghodasar area of the city, had cheated Morbi-based businessman Bharat Patel of Rs 42.86 lakh by posing as a “class-1 government officer”, a crime branch release said.
“When Bharat Patel was planning to set up a factory in Morbi a year ago, Kiran Patel approached him claiming he works as a class-1 officer and can get required clearances from the state government using his influence,” as per the release.
“Kiran Patel took Rs 42.86 lakh from the businessman in various installments. However, when nothing was moving for seven to eight months, Bharat Patel found Kiran Patel lying and filed a police case,” as per the FIR.
Kiran has been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 406 (breach of trust), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 170 (impersonation).
Kiran Patel is facing similar FIRs in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Bayad, and in some of the cases, his wife Malini Patel has been held as co-accused.
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