Mohanlal booked for possession of ivory

Eleven months after Income-Tax department officials searched superstar Mohanlal’s houses in Kochi, a case has been registered against him for the possession of ivory

Mollywood superstar Mohanlal has been booked for keeping an elephant tusk at his home , said a Kerala forest department official on Thursday. The Kodanad forest office, which falls under the Kochi town, filed documents related to the offense before Perumbavoor Judicial Magistrate on Thursday. The case against the actor was registered by the forest department on Tuesday under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Apart from the superstar, who was listed as an accused, the forest officials also named two others in the case documents.

It was in July last year that the I-T department officials searched the houses of actors Mammootty and Mohanlal. The operation also spread to other cities where the two stars had houses and business interests. At that time, Forest Minister KB Ganesh Kumar, Mohanlal’s friend and fellow actor in numerous Malayalam films, ruled out an inquiry into the tusk possessed by the actor.