On Tuesday, while the Supreme Court heard two petitions contesting her nomination to the Madras High Court, Advocate L Victoria Gowri took the oath of office as a new judge there.
Victoria Gowri, who courted controversy after her remarks regarding minority faiths came in the public domain after the Supreme Court collegium recommended her nomination on January 17, was sworn in by the acting chief justice of the Madras High Court.
A special bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai of the Supreme Court dismissed two writ petitions submitted by attorneys from the Madras High Court who argued that Gowri was unsuitable to serve as a judge due to her public remarks. The bench stated that at this time, it was not appropriate to discuss the candidate’s suitability. The panel further stated that it cannot be assumed that the collegium did not consider the pertinent information while recommending her nomination.
This news is written by Mr. Manpreet Rathor, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.