Kerala HC Expresses Confidence In Fake Antiques Dealer Investigation

Kochi, December 23 (IANS): The Kerala High Court on Thursday observed that there was no reason to suspect foul play in the ongoing investigation against infamous bogus antiquarian Monson Mavunkal.

Judge Devan Ramachandran made the remark when hearing the various agencies investigating the case.

The state attorney told the court that a dozen cases have been filed against Mavunkal and that the investigation team is doing its job very seriously.

In the meantime, the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) informed the court that the Crime Division had not responded to its request for documents relating to the case, to which the state attorney said. replied that the investigation agency has responded and will respond to all things that have been requested and will also be mentioned in the report.

It was after hearing all the parties that the court decided that the investigation into the case is proceeding as it should.

Mavunkal, has now become a household name due to his bogus collections of antiques and every day that passes after his arrest by the Crime Directorate of his house-museum in the last week of September after victims approached the minister in Chief Pinarayi Vijayan, complaining that they were swindled of Rs 10 crore by this “master fraudster” who even managed to give a tour of the highest officials of the Kerala police.

Mavunkal sought to impress his distinguished guests by showcasing antiques in his collection which he said included the “Rod of Moses” and “two of the 30 pieces of silver which were taken by Judas to deceive Jesus Christ.”

Police said he presented these “rare” items – a throne believed to have been used by Tipu Sultan, as well as a huge collection of old Qurans, Bibles (Old Testament and New Testament) and old copies. manuscripts of the Bhagavad Gita.

Mavunkal used to bring several personalities to his sumptuous residence, part of which has been transformed into a museum to house his “precious” antiques.

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