Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the ongoing ruckus over the frauds committed by self-styled antique collector Monson Mavunkal, former DIG S Surendran came up denying his involvement in any of the wrongdoings.
“I know Monson personally but I did not support him in committing frauds,” said Surendran.
He also denied the allegation that money was exchanged at the official residence of DIG in Thrissur. “No financial transaction took place in my presence and I had no deal with Monson or the complainant. The complainants initially said money was exchanged at my house. Now they say the exchange took place in car. I have no clue about their allegation and I am no way involved in any of the dealings,” said Surendran.
He also said that it was during the anti-drug campaign in 2019 he met Monson. “I was Kochi police commissioner then. He told me about his antique collection and I visited his house to see it. Even my family members keep good relationship with his family. We together attended various celebrations and the pictures now circulated on social media were taken during such a get together.
In the meantime, Alappuzha Crime Branch team exposed frauds committed by him in the pretext of luxury vehicle deals. By promising to provide luxury vehicles, including caravan, worth Rs seven crores, he cheated an industrialist. The industrialist turned back from the deal after finding that the vehicles, that he offered, were damaged during the flood. Monson filed a case against him. As per a court direction, the trader was charged and the case was taken up by crime branch later.