ED files complaint against fake antique trader in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The Enforcement Directorate filed a fraud complaint against Monson Mavunkal and two others on Saturday. Mavunkal has become a household figure due to his fake antique collections.

Mavunkal, who is currently in judicial custody, was apprehended by the Crime Branch from his home-turned-museum in September after victims complained to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about being duped out of Rs 10 crore by the accused, who even managed to take top Kerala Police officials for a ride.

The Enforcement Directorate has requested details of the Crime Branch's investigation after discovering that black money was in circulation in his company. Mavunkal attempted to impress his high-profile visitors by displaying antiques from his collection, which he claimed included the "staff of Moses" and "two of the thirty silver coins that were taken by Judas to cheat Jesus Christ".

He displayed these "unique" things, according to police, including a throne alleged to have been used by Tipu Sultan, as well as a large collection of antique Qurans, Bibles (both Old and New Testaments), and old handwritten copies of the Bhagavad Gita.

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