ALLEGED CONMAN MONSON MAVUNGAL SENT TO JUDICIAL CUSTODY

Monson Mavungal, Keralite who hails from Cherthala in Alappuzha has been exposed and is allegedly a notorious conman.  For the purpose of doing frauds, he posed himself as a doctor, philanthropist, actor and many more roles. On Sunday, Mavungal was arrested by the Kerala Crime Branch for financial fraud and sent to judicial custody till 6 October 2021. He is known for collecting antiques and artefacts and allegedly sells them by scamming his buyers, through constructing a personality around his possessions.

Mavungal has been found to be someone with high profile connections. Ever since the news of his arrest came out, pictures of him with various media and political personalities, and celebrities have surfaced all over the internet. One of them is Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President K Sudhakaran,  who has denied any knowledge about Monson and the allegations against him.

Ex-President K Sudhakaran told the media that Mavungal posed as a skin specialist to him. “I have known Monson as a doctor and have visited him five to six times for treatment purposes. While at his home, I have seen antique collections there. He told me they were worth several crores. Other than this, I have no kind of connection with Monson. Much of stories circulating now are false accusations,” said the Congress party leader. Pictures of Former DGP of Kerala, Loknath Behra and ADGP Manoj Abraham in his residence have also been shared widely on social media. Former DIG S Surendran has also denied charges of being associated with the conman, saying “No financial transaction took place in my presence and I had no deal with either Monson or the complainant. The complainant initially said money was exchanged at my house. Now they say the exchange took place in a car. I have no clue about the allegations and I am in no way involved in any of the dealings”,  he was quoted as per reporter Mathrubhumi.

The antique collector shifted to Cherthala in Alappuzha when his fraud was exposed in the border areas between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, later he moved to Thevara and Kaloor in Kochi. According to police enquiry, Monson has only received primary education and does not yet have a valid passport. He owns several cars costing from 65 lakhs up to 2 crores and his residential compound is crammed with luxury cars. The police report also revealed that his two children are perusing MBBS in Chennai. It has also been reported that he threatened a woman who accused a friend of his, of rape, using personal photographs to retract a police complaint that was filed against him.

Monson Mavungal has claimed that he possesses a throne of Tipu Sultan, silver coins from the biblical betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas, the staff of Moses, books from the library of Mughals and Maratha rulers. He gained media popularity when he first appeared in the media for building a museum at his residence in Kochi.

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