Monson admits antiques are fake, Kareena Kapoor’s car part of vehicle collection

Crime Branch gets 3-day custody of Monson Mavunkal in money swindling case
Antique dealer Monson Mavunkal arrested in money swindling case being brought after a health checkup at the Ernakulam general Hospital after complaining of high blood pressure. photo: EV Sreekumar

Kochi: The main accused in the antique fraud case Monson Mavunkal has admitted that the antiques in his possession are fake, the Crime Branch informed on Thursday.

The entire Thursday was spent by the investigators in grilling Monson besides evidence collection. After taking his voice samples in the morning, the accused was taken to his Kaloor residence for collecting evidence.

The officials of the archeology department joined the Crime Branch team to examine the antique pieces at his house. 

Meanwhile, Monson’s former driver Netoor Ajith and the middleman Santosh who supplied antique articles to the accused, reached the Crime Branch office at Tripunithura. Besides, the complainants Shameer, Anoop, Rajeev also arrived to give more evidence in the case.

Monson was brought back to the Crime Branch office at 5 pm and the grilling continued subsequently.

Though Monson has admitted that the antique pieces were fake, he is tight-lipped about his financial transactions. He was also questioned by Crime Branch officials along with the complainants.

Crime Branch ADGP S Sreejith, who came to Monson’s residence in Kaloor to directly evaluate the progress of the investigations, carried out an inspection in the house. 

Kareena Kapoor’s car part of Monson's vehicle collection

Cherthala: As the interrogation of fraudster Monson Mavunkal proceeds it has come to light that a  luxury car registered in the name of Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor is part of his vehicle collection. 

The Porsche car with Maharashtra registration, has been lying in Cherthala police station premises for the past one year.  The vehicle was impounded by the police in October 2020, in connection with a case pertaining to renting out the vehicle. 

It is not clear yet as to how the 2007 model car came in Monson’s possession.

Bengaluru car dealer cheated 

Kozhikode: A Bengaluru-based car dealer Thyagarajan said that he would file a complaint to get the money from Monson on account of sale of cars.

The car dealer was introduced to Monson by Palakkad native Dr Ramachandran who is currently residing in Bengaluru. The latter was allegedly cheated of Rs 40 crore by Monson over a palace deal.

Monson allegedly purchased 20 luxury vehicles from Thyagarajan. While he paid the money for the cars that were bought initially, the payment for eight cars that he purchased recently is yet to be cleared.

Thyagarajan said he would come to Kerala soon to file a complaint against Monson.

Monson had reportedly given four cars bought from Thyagarajan to people who came demanding their money back.

As reported earlier Monson often took wealthy people for a ride by claiming that he requires funds to release Rs 2.62 lakh crore that was stuck with a bank over forex regulations. He also allegedly cheated  antique collectors by selling counterfeit pieces.

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