Possession of ivory: Kerala asks court to stop prosecution against actor Mohanlal
The Kerala government on Friday filed an application with a local court requesting an end to the ivory possession charges against Malayalam film actor Mohanlal.
In the request to withdraw the charges, the government asked the court to stop the charges “immediately in the interests of justice”.
The legality of possession of two elephant tusks by Mohanlal was accepted by the competent authority under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 by issuing him a certificate of ownership. Ownership and custody of elephant tusks thus becomes legal after the Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) issues the certificate to it, “the state government said.
“The continuation of the criminal trial may go against the good faith of the parties with regard to the certificate of ownership issued to Mohanlal. We cannot reverse this certificate of ownership and he was prevented from contradicting, denying or to declare false the previous statement made by the actor in court, “he added.
“The government should not be allowed to go back on its promises in order to keep the faith of the people and in the interest of good governance,” the government added.
The case was registered by the forestry department in 2012. The state government filed the claim with the Kuruppapady Magistrates’ Court, which will hear the case on July 24.
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