SC declines to take up pleas against

Krishnadas Rajagopal

Bench says it cannot give a judicial direction to the collegium on Victoria Gowri’s appointment; she takes oath as Additional Judge in Madras HC

 SC declines to take up pleas against

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Wednesday, 8th February 2023
Page No. 3
Delhi Print Edition

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain petitions challenging the appointment of advocate Victoria Gowri as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court even as the lawyer took oath of office in a ceremony held almost simultaneously with the top court’s hearing.

“We have a fairly robust scrutiny process. Let us not interfere with that… Assuming that the collegium did not take everything into account may not be proper… We cannot go into the question of her suitability. We cannot direct the collegium to reconsider. This is the case of an Additional Judge. Her confirmation as a Permanent Judge is further down… So, we will see. I don’t think we will be able to pass any orders at this stage,” Justice Sanjiv Khanna addressed the petitioners.

The court hearing before a Special Bench of Justices Khanna and B.R. Gavai began at 10.25 a.m. while the oath-taking ceremony at the Madras High Court was scheduled at 10.35 a.m.

Initially, the petitioners said their lawyers were summoned to the courtroom of Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud for a hearing at 9.15 a.m.

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