Lokanath Behera, Manoj Abraham, Monson Mavunkal
Kochi: The latest reports have confirmed that most of the antiques in Monson Mavunkal’s possession are fake. Monson collected these fake antiques from Kilimanoor native Santhosh. Most of these are only less than 50 years old. Few antiques are as old as 100 years. Detailed investigations revealed that Tipu’s throne and the 'Staff of Moses' in Monson's museum were made a few years back.
The 'Staff of Moses' that Monsoon Mavunkal claimed to possess was an ordinary walking cane Santhosh revealed to Crime Branch that he purchased the stick for Rs 2000. Tipu’s throne was only five years old. The throne was made by a carpenter from a furniture shop. Most of the palm-leaf manuscripts that he claimed to be ancient are also found to be fake. The 'chembola' associated with the Sabarimala temple is also identified as a fake one.
Thiruvananthapuram native Suresh gave Monson various sculptures to add to his collection. He was taken to Monson’s house in Kaloor for collecting evidence. During the interrogation, Monson confessed that he purchased the sculptures from Suresh by paying Rs 80 lakh. It is hinted that Monson told the Crime Branch that the rest of the amount was yet to be paid.
The Archaeological Survey of India and the Kerala State Department of Archaeology are inspecting the antiques in Monson’s collection.