Court orders probe against actor Mohanlal for ivory possession

Court orders probe against actor Mohanlal for ivory possession (File) Actor Mohanlal | RS Gopan

Muvattupuzha vigilance court, on Saturday, asked the vigilance department to conduct a Quick Verification(QV) against Malayalam movie star Mohanlal following a complaint that he possessed elephant tusks. 

Acting on a complaint by activist A.A. Paulose, the court asked the department to complete the probe and submit its report by November 28.

Apart from Mohanlal, the roles of then forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and three other persons will also be probed.

The case first surfaced in 2011 when it came to light that the actor possessed elephant tusks, following a vigilance raid at his home.

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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