Here are SC, HC judges with political pasts. Gowri’s unconstitutional views were the problem


The recent controversy over the appointment of advocate L Victoria Gowri as an additional judge of the Madras High Court has raised the question as to whether people with political allegiances should be made judges. Disclosure: The author led the team of lawyers who challenged Gowri’s appointment before the Supreme Court. The challenge was not because of her membership of a political party. It was on the ground that her publicly expressed views showing religious hatred were not in sync with the basic principles of the Constitution, thus making her “ineligible” for the appointment at the very threshold….

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