Ivory possession: Mohanlal, ex-Minister to face quick verification
- A vigilance court in Kerala ordered probe against actor Mohanlal in connection with possession of elephant tusks.
- The ivory tusks were confiscated from the actor’s house in Thevara 2011.
- The ivory was confiscated during an Income Tax raid.
The Muvattupuzha Vigilance Court has ordered a quick verification against superstar Mohanlal and former Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan in connection with the possession of ivory tusks.
Apart from the actor and Minister, a member of Cochin royal family and two others, who had handed over the ivory to Mohanlal for safe custody will face the probe.
The Vigilance investigation has been ordered on a petition moved by Elloor native.
The tusks were seized by the Income Tax sleuths during a search at Mohanlal's residence in Thevara, Kochi in 2011.
Later, in 2012 the Forest officials registered a case against Mohanlal and two others under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, filing the first information report (FIR) before Chief Judicial Magistrate at Perumbavoor.
However, the ivory was subsequently entrusted to the actor during the United Democratic Front government tenure.