Kerala High Court Reserves Verdict Against Plea Filed by Mohanlal in Ivory Case Matter

Mohanlal Law Insider

Sakina Tashrifwala

Published on: 08 December 2022 at 18:28 IST

The judgement on the appeal filed by actor Mohanlal in the illegal ivory possession case has been reserved by the Kerala High Court. Mohanlal appealed to the Supreme Court after the Judicial First-Class Magistrate Court denied the Kerala government’s motion to dismiss the matter without prejudice.

The plea presented by the actor was reviewed by Justice A Badharudeen.

The state government submitted that the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act could not be invoked against the actor as no elephants were killed for extracting the tusks. Further stating that Mohanlal’s possession of ivory from a deceased captive elephant does not constitute a crime.

On this court questioned the government’s stand if the ivory was in possession of a common man, whether the govt had still granted the exemption.

The court pointed out that the actor was given ownership of the ivory after he was accused in the case. Otherwise, if it was an ordinary person in this position, he would have been in jail.

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