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Advocate LC Victoria Gowri sworn-in as Madras HC judge, Supreme Court junks pleas

Advocate Lekshmana Chandra Victoria Gowri was sworn in as a judge of the Madras High Court on Tuesday as the Supreme Court junked pleas challenging her elevation.

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Advocate Lekshmana Chandra Victoria Gowri was sworn in as a judge of the Madras High Court on Tuesday as the Supreme Court junked pleas challenging her elevation.

Madras HC acting Chief Justice T Raja, administered the oath of office to Advocate Gowri and four others even as the hearing on petitions against her were still underway at the Supreme Court.

A special bench of the apex court comprised of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai said that they are not entertaining writ petitions, adding that reasons will follow.

During the hearing, Justice Khanna pointed out the difference between eligibility and suitability saying that the courts should not get into suitability, otherwise the whole process will become haywire, however, he maintained that eligibility can be challenged.

Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, who had approached the court earlier asking for urgent intervention as the Centre had notified Advocate Gowri’s appointment, argued that the decision-making process was thwarted as relevant information was not passed to the collegium. The judges said they had read everything placed on record.

On Advocate Gowri’s political background, Justice Gavai observed that everyone, including himself, has a political background, however, that hasn’t come in the way of his duties.

Advocate Ramachandran, however, argued that the real question is hate speech, not political background. He claimed that Gowri’s hate speech runs completely antithetical to the Constitution making her unfit to take oath.

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The bench replied that they aren’t in a position to say this is a question of eligibility and felt it’s more of a question of suitability. The Justices also pointed out that they can’t direct the collegium, adding that to assume that the collegium has not taken these things into account “may not be appropriate.”

In a letter to the Chief Justice of India, some bar members of the Madras High Court had sought recall of the recommendation made for appointing Gowri as an additional judge of the high court.

The members alleged that Gowri had made hate speeches against Christians and Muslims.

Advocate Gowri’s alleged links with the ruling BJP has stirred a row as critics allege her elevation is politically motivated and not deserved.

The elevation was objected to by several Madras High Court lawyers, however, 54 lawyers from Tamil Nadu’s Madurai wrote an endorsement letter to the Supreme Court collegium in favour of Gowri’s appointment as a judge. In the letter, the Madurai lawyers termed the allegations against Gowri as being motivated by “political animosity and malafide intent.”

Gowri has represented the Centre before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court.

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PM Modi says Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram

PM Modi slammed Congress during a rally in Chhattisgarh, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2024

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party for declining to attend the pran pratishtha ritual at the Ayodhya Ram temple on January 22 this year.

The prime minister said Congress leaders consider themselves above Lord Ram and denied invitation for Pran Pratishtha at Ram Temple, while speaking at a rally in Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh. The PM question the people present at the rally that is it not a disrespect of Mata Shabri? Congress leaders inclination toward appeasement politics runs in their family.

For political appeasement, they won’t think twice about stealing the rights of Adivasis, the poor, and Dalits. Poor, young, and women are BJP’s top priorities, Modi said.

PM Modi criticized the Congress again during the rally for claiming that the BJP would alter the constitution.

The leaders of Congress recite the same old phrases whenever an election is about to happen, the PM said. He also said they claim that if the BJP wins power, it will renounce the constitution and abolish reservations. For how long will you continue selling lies?” he asked.

The prime minister continued saying that nobody can change the Constitution, even if Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar were to come and insist on it, it wouldn’t happen.

Those in the Congress threaten to break Modi’s head. Nobody can harm Modi as long as the mothers and sisters of this county stands by him. These mothers and sisters are Raksha Kavach, Modi remarked.

The prime minister further attacked the Congress after Viriato Fernandes, the party’s candidate for South Goa, asserted that Goa was forced to adopt the Indian Constitution.

Referring to his conversation with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Fernandes said he had told him, when Goa was liberated in the year 1961, the Indian Constitution was forced upon us.

The prime minister said, Congress candidate from Goa says Constitution was forced upon Goans; is this not an insult of Ambedkar and Constitution.

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Amit Shah says neither Congress nor Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with CAA

Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal.

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Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said neither Congress nor Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He was speaking at the Karandighi rally in West Bengal where he also made the prediction as to how many seats BJP will win in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

The union home minister asked the masses to cut the money culture. Amit Shah revealed the BJP’s target for West Bengal and said they have set a target of winning 35 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections the BJP had won 18 out of 42 seats in West Bengal. He asked Mamata Banerjee, what problem will she have if the Buddhist and Hindu refugees from Bangladesh get citizenship in India?

Shah further added if the people of West Bengal want to stop infiltration in the state, then they will have to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister of India again. He said if the people of West Bengal want to free Bengal of violence, stop infiltration in the state, give citizenship to refugees, to stop disrespecting mothers and sisters of the state as it happened in Sandeshkhali, then  only way is to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister.

Amit Shah said that PM Modi had sent Rs 7 lakh crore to West Bengal but the TMC indulged in corruption. He said one can see the houses of Trinamool Congress leaders; 10 years ago they used to live in a hut, moved on cycle and now all of them have 4-storey houses and move around in big cars. He added this is the money of people of West Bengal.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), will make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to get Indian citizenship, was enacted in 2019. But the rules were notified in March this year by the Centre.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says listening to Hanuman Chalisa under Congress rule is a crime

PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at the Congress and said even listening to Hanuman Chalisa has become a crime under the party’s rule. The Prime Minister also said it was difficult to follow one’s faith under the party and accused it of hatching a deep conspiracy to snatch people’s wealth and distribute it among selected few people in the society. PM Modi was addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur, on a day as India celebrates Hanuman Jayanti.

PM Modi said in a state like Rajasthan where people chant Ram-Ram, Congress banned Ram Navami. He reffered to the redistribution of wealth remarks he had made during a rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on Sunday and said it has angered the Congress and INDI Alliance so much that they have started throwing abuses at Modi everywhere.

The Prime Minister said that Congress has written in their manifesto that they will survey the wealth. He said the Congress leadership had said in a speech that an X-ray of wealth will be done. He added when Modi exposed the secret then the hidden agenda came out and this has left the people trembling. PM Modi further added that the Congress party has played with the Constitution of the India.

He said when the Constitution was drafted, reservations based on religion were opposed, so that Scheduled Casts (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) could get protection. He said former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims have the first right to the country’s resources.  The prime minister further added Congress’s ideology has always been of appeasement and vote bank politics. He said stones would still be pelted in Jammu and Kashmir, and enemies would still be cutting off the heads of India’s soldiers had Congress been in power.

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