Artifacts on display at Monson’s home in Kaloor are mostly movie props, former driver says
Kochi: Most of the so-called antiques kept for display at the Kaloor House museum of Monson Mavunkal, the accused in the multi-chip cheating case that hit the headlines in Kerala, were just movie props.
Ajith aka Aji, who is Monson’s former driver and assistant, claimed that about 75% of the items on display were delivered by someone named Santhosh who provides properties to film sets on demand.
The aide, who recently fell out with Monson, said other antiques were also purchased in Kerala by Monson. Not a single piece was brought from abroad.
According to Ajith, many tourists, including Arabs, frequently visited the Monson Museum. But no sales took off because the antiques were all fake.
Close links with Monson since 2010
Ajith had been Monson’s driver and mechanic since 2010. But they fell out when Monson, unbeknownst to Aji, used his bank account to trick the Pandalam-based Sreevalsam group with crore rupees.
The address and cell phone number on Ajith’s bank account were Monson’s. The ATM card and the check books issued to the bank account were in Monson’s hands. Ajith learned of the rupee crore transaction through his bank account when the Crime Branch called him for questioning.
Beginning of a bitter rivalry
Once they fell out, the two became bitter rivals and it all ended in a bevy of police cases. Monson filed a complaint with the Cherthala and Ernakulam North police stations, alleging that Ajith was threatening him.
Ajith, in turn, delivered a memorandum to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan alleging that Monson was trying to harass using police force. According to Ajith, the Alappuzha Crime Directorate investigated the complaint.
When Ajith took over as the driver, Monson was staying in Cherthala. Later, Monson moved to Thevara and Kaloor to Ernakulam. At first, Monson only had two employees, but the numbers have increased over the past four or five years.
Ajith alleged that Monson stole millions of rupees from a resident of Bangalore whom he introduced to Monson.
Monson was staying in Idukki 20 years ago. There he was engaged in supplying electronics from Kochi to various parts of Tamil Nadu, he added.
Monson’s collection of fake antiques includes Lord Ganapati’s “Thaliyola” (palm leaf manuscript) and the great Malayalam poet Thunjath Ezhuthachan, Lord Krishna’s “Venna Kudam” (pot of butter), the staff of Moses, the silver coins of Judas, the seamless robe. of Jesus and of sandstone by which Jesus performed the miracle of transforming water into wine at the wedding in Cana.
As previously reported, Monson allegedly scammed several people with crore rupees. The people who loaned him money failed to get their money back despite repeated attempts. After meeting Kerala’s chief minister with a complaint, the Crime Branch arrested Monson on Saturday.