Kerala HC stays trial proceedings against actor Mohanlal in ivory
possession case for 6 months
Aishwarya Nair, Asianet
September 18, 2023
The Kerala High Court on Monday (Sep 18) stayed trial proceedings in the
ivory possession case against actor Mohanlal for six months. Prior to the
trial, the actor had been ordered by the Perumbavoor Magistrate Court to
show up in person. But the court has now ordered a stay of all further
An earlier plea by the state government to stop prosecuting the matter had
been rejected by the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at Perumbavoor.
He was directed to appear before the court on November 3.
The case pertains to the recovery of four ivory tusks in 2011 by the
Revenue Department from the actor's residence at Thevara in Kochi. He was
booked under the Wild Life (Protection) Act. The Forest Department
initially did not book the actor but in 2012, it registered a case.
As the case did not fall under the purview of the Wildlife Protection Act,
the case was withdrawn. The ivory tusks were handed over back to Mohanlal
during the UDF government regime. The actor also obtained permission from
the Chief forest conservator to keep the ivory tusks.
However, an Ernakulam native PP Poulose challenged this decision and filed
a complaint. The Forest Department claimed the ivory to be of a captive
elephant that belonged to one of the accused. Then the ivory was retrieved
when the elephant died and handed over to the actor. However, the court was
not convinced and asked the department to submit a chargesheet.
Following this, the Forest Department filed a chargesheet with Mohanlal as
the first accused.