Muvattupuzha: A vigilance court in Muvattupuzha Saturday ordered a quick verification probe into a complaint that Malayalam actor Mohanlal has ivory in possession at his Kochi residence. Former forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will also face probe in the case. The case goes a long way back. Income Tax officials had seized the ivory during a search at Mohanlal’s residence in Kochi in 2010.
Forest officials then 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. However, the forest ministry led by Thiruvanchoor under the then UDF government let the actor keep the ivory at his home, stating that there was permission from wild life authorities. The latest complaint alleges that according to the forest laws, the actor cannot keep the ivory with him and that Mohanlal was allowed to keep the ivory through corrupt measures.
P.N. Krishnakumar and N. Krishnakumar, second and third accused respectively in the case, had then stated they obtained permission from wild life authorities for the possession of ivory which was later handed over to Mohanlal for safe custody as they were employed abroad. The case was then registered under section 44(6) of the Indian Wildlife Act, which deals with possession of trophies.