Strip Mohanlal of Lt Colonel rank: Azhikode

The writer made the request to the Defence Ministry after the recent Income Tax raids

After the widely reported Income Tax raids on properties and businesses owned by actors Mammootty and Mohanlal, the two stars are facing attacks from all sides. The latest attack on Mohanlal comes from one of his well-known real life adversaries, writer-critic Sukumaran Azhikode. He has written to Defense Minister AK Antony urging him to strip Mohanlal of the honorary Lt Colonel rank in the Territorial Army. He has cited the recent raids as the reason.

The actor was given an honorary commission in the Territorial Army for his role in films that glorified the Indian defence forces and inspired hundreds to join the army. “It is really a shame that superstars are involved in evading tax and they are doing it by exploiting their innocent fans,” Azhikode remarked after the raids commenced on the superstars’ residences and offices in various cities. Mohanlal and Azhikode had been engulfed in a loud war of words since last year. The writer even filed a defamation suit against the actor, but Mohanlal recently got bail in that case.