Kerala Court orders probe against superstar Mohanlal for ivory possession

Mohanlal maintained that he had purchased the tusks and then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government asked Forest Minister Radhakrishnan to look into the matter.

By: IANS | Kochi | Published: October 15, 2016 4:59 pm
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A court in Kochi on Saturday asked the Vigilance Department to conduct a probe against superstar Mohanlal following a complaint that he possessed elephant tusks. Muvattupuzha Vigilance Court, acting on a complaint by an activist, A.A. Paulose, asked the department to complete the probe and submit its report by November 28.

Besides Mohanlal, the roles of then Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and three other persons will also be probed.

The case first surfaced in 2011 following an income tax raid at the actor’s house here when it came to light that he possessed elephant tusks. Forest Department officials registered a case against Mohanlal and two others in 2012, filing the first information report (FIR) before chief judicial magistrate at Perumbavoor, naming the actor as the first accused.

Mohanlal maintained that he had purchased the tusks and then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government asked Forest Minister Radhakrishnan to look into the matter. According to rules, possession of elephant tusks by anyone is against the Forest and Wildlife Act. The petitioner said the forest officials had erred in their duty and did not act according to the law.

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  1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
    Oct 15, 2016 at 11:50 pm
    Did any body check the houses of other Members of various parties ? If they do it all will say they purchased it from the late bri VEERAPPAN OF TAMIL NADU. Foolish to question now after 5 years of gap. This type of witch hunting is bad. Probably he must have supported the BJP at the Kerala during the election. Shame for the cpm to do this type of anarchism. Jai HInd.
    1. M
      Oct 16, 2016 at 2:52 am
      Mohan Lal is too good and an innocent person to do this knowingly. He is known to have a liking towards old and vintage items. It must be in his possession more of as a decorative item unknowingly due to lack of knowledge and awareness of all the minute Laws of Wild Life Act. Mohan Lal's expertise lies in Acting - A Complete Actor at that. He will definitely not have time to study all minute legal aspects of all the Acts in India. In Kerala , 60 to 70 years ago, due to the presence of a large number of elephants, it was quite a common sight to see Ivory Tusks as a decorative items in some of houses. Maybe, his Legal Adviser should have made him aware of this aspect of WildLife Act and not to possess this as Laws have changed. He would not have definitely kept this in possession to trade and make money. It would be great if he is let off this time with a penalty and warning to be careful next time. Talented, Artistic and Creative people are a blessing and real ets to the society. Let us not unnecessarily trouble and illtreat them or carry out Character ination of such creative, artistic people. There appears a clandestine, dirty, personal agenda on the timing i.e. after 4 years(2012). The timing has more to do with the commercial success of his recent last 2 movies, “Oppom” and “Puli Murugan”. Also, “Puli Murugan”, may become the First Malayalam Movie to gross Rs100 Crores. His Jealous Rivals must have tried to reopen the case after keeping quiet dormant for more than 4 years at a stretch.