Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News July 12, 13 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 2,505 positive cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state tally to 25,23,943. Among these, Chennai reported 160 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,35,439. The state recorded 48 deaths on Tuesday, putting the state toll at 33,502. A total of 3,058 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 24,59,223.
The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition filed by Tamil actor Vijay in 2012 seeking exemption of entry tax on his imported luxury car — Rolls Royce Ghost — from England and asked him to pay the tax in the next two weeks.
Justice S M Subramaniam noted that filing a writ petition and avoiding payment of entry tax and keeping the writ petition for about nine years can never be appreciated. He also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the actor and said evasion of tax is to be construed as “an anti-national habit, attitude and mindset and unconstitutional”. The actor has been asked to contribute the amount to the Chief Minister’s Covid-19 relief fund.