Except for two, Monson’s ‘antiques’ are all fake – The New Indian Express
KOCHI: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has revealed that a copper plate inscription – believed to have a historical connection to Sabarimala – found in the possession of con artist Monson Mavunkal is fake. The ASI, which assembled a task force to examine “antique” collections with Monson, recently filed a report with the Crime Branch to investigate multiple cases of cheating and rape.
According to the Crime Branch, the ASI report indicates that researchers applied all modern technologies to establish the authenticity of the allegedly ancient materials. The ASI has discovered that, other than two silver coins and a wooden spear, the items in Monson’s collection are fake. “Monson claimed that he had a valuable manuscript containing details of the history of Sabarimala. However, the ASI confirmed that it was a fake. He claimed that the two silver coins had “were given to Judas to betray Jesus. ASI found the coins had ancient value, but they were not given to betray Jesus,” an officer said.
A wooden spear was also found to have antique value. “The rest is fake, including the staff of Moses, the throne of Tipu Sultan and the lamp made by Prophet Mohammad. Monson had claimed to possess religious books of antique value, which were also found to be fake,” the officer added.
The crime branch will include the findings in the indictment to be filed against Monson. The agency is investigating 12 cases – including two cases of rape – against the scammer. Also, the Enforcement Branch is investigating a money laundering case against him.
Items verified by ASI
Sabarimala copperplate inscription, coins of Judas, Bible, Quran, staff of Moses, idol of Nataraja, wooden spear, throne of Tipu Sultan, lamp made by Prophet Muhammad and coins of Roman empire .