According to reports, people from Chennai have been travelling to other districts in the state to purchase alcohol, forcing to the police to be extra vigilant to ensure that people from the state capital, which has recorded a high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, do not travel to other districts.
A news report in IndiaGlitz stated that Ramya Krishnan was in the car along with her sister, Vinaya Krishnan and her driver Selvakumar while carrying 99 bottles of beer and 8 bottles of liquor.
The actor and her sister were present in the car which was driven by the former’s driver, Selvakumar, say media reports. The driver was arrested and was released on bail later.
After a dry spell of 43 days due to the COVID-19 lockdown since late March, liquor started again in Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets in Tamil Nadu, except state capital Chennai, on May 7.
It is not clear whether Ramya Krishna has prior knowledge about the car carrying liquor bottles or not. It’s also rumoured that the driver used the car without Ramya’s knowledge and was shifting the bottles. A detailed investigation is on. More details are awaited. There is no clarity yet on who own these bottles.
A UNI report, suggests that both Ramya Krishnan and her sister, Vinaya Krishnan were also taken into custody by the police for questioning. The actress has still not officially addressed this incident and no comment on the same matter has been given by the actor’s representative. The social media users started trending the hashtag #RamyaKrishnan after this news came to light.
On May 15, the top court had paved the way for reopening of state-owned liquor vends in Tamil Nadu by staying a Madras High Court order which had ordered their closure for the time being on the ground that there was a violation of guidelines, such as social distancing, meant to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Tamil Nadu government to devise methods to sell liquor online or through physical sales saying it is not for the court to lay down norms, as to how the liquor is to be sold. It had stayed the May 8 order of the High Court after taking note of the appeal of state government’s firm.