Kerala Forest Department on Friday filed a charge sheet against Malayalam actor Mohanlal for alleged illegal possession of ivory. This Popular actor has been charge-sheeted seven years after ivory tusks were recovered from his house during an income tax inspection.
During an income tax inspection in 2012, four elephant tusks were reportedly seized from his residence. The special license for keeping the tusks was in the name of two others and not Mohanlal. The actor claimed to have bought the tusks from one K Krishnakumar for Rs 65,000 in 2010.
Reportedly, the state government had allowed him to keep the ivory after modifying the law. Later, an activist challenged the order in the Kerala High Court. The HC, while hearing the plea, observed that the actor could be charged with Section 39 (3) of the Wildlife Protection Act and pulled up the forest department for delaying the charge sheet.
Mohanlal was inducted into Territorial Army as the Honorary Lt Colonel in 2009 and was awarded Padmabhushan in 2018.