The superstar, in his close to four decades acting career, is facing a never before encountered huge public outcry following the dismal performance of his band 'Lalisom' at the event here on January 31.

Unable to come clean or come out with any sort of explanation, it was on Monday night that the superstar, in an email to the Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, said that he would be transferring the Rs 1.63 crore that he received for meeting the expenses of the conduct of his debut musical performance, back to the state government.

"Tomorrow is the weekly cabinet meeting and in that a decision would be arrived on what needs to be done with the superstar's decision," the official who did not wish to be identified, said on Tuesday.

And when it was pointed out about the reports that he had taken Rs 2 crore, he expressed surprise and said, it was not true and if need be, he can divulge what he has taken, and that it was much less than the reported figure of Rs 2 crore.

Government chief whip P C George said the best that Mohanlal should do now is to keep silent and not to come out with any explanations. George has sought a CBI probe into the manner in which money has been lavishly spent for the conduct of the event.

"This is a prestigious event and more care should have been taken. I just cannot ignore the various reports that has surfaced in the media about the conduct of the event. We will see that similar lapses should not take place when the closing ceremony is held on the 14th of this month," said Thompson to reporters here, after the meeting.

Incidentally, during the meeting he expressed his astonishment when he heard that more than Rs.10 crore was spent for the conduct of the opening ceremony.

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