The Supreme Court, however, dismissed the petition.
In her speech, Justice Gowri said her responsibility as a judge entails hearing the oppressed voices of the poor and liberating the marginalized.
“I’m conscious and fully aware that today I’m handed over with the greatest responsibility of taking charge only to heed to the unheard and oppressed voices of the poorest of the poor, to liberate the marginalized,” said justice Gowri.
Gowri, who has been embroiled in controversies–over her association with the BJP and interviews against minorities– since the Collegium recommended her name on January 17, found support inside the hall during her oath-taking ceremony. Before her appointment, Gowri represented the BJP-led union government before the Madurai Bench of the Madras HC.
The union government on Monday appointed advocate Gowri as one of the additional judges of the Madras HC despite opposition.
This news was written by Ms. Annapoorani Research Assistant at All India Legal Forum.