In an unlikely turn of events, the Supreme Court is holding a sitting at 9.15 am today to hear the petition challenging appointment of advocate Victoria Gowri as a judge of the Madras High Court.The early morning hearing was necessitated because of the fact that Gowri's swearing in of Gowri is scheduled to take place in Madras High Court at 10.35 am. Gowri has been in the eye of the storm ever since the Collegium recommended her elevation to the Madras High Court on January 17.This kicked off discussion in legal circles and on social media about Gowri's credentials and her alleged affiliation to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).An unverified Twitter account allegedly belonging to Gowri claimed in its bio that she was the National General Secretary of BJP Mahila Morcha. A tweet from this handle, posted on August 31, 2019, says, "I just joined the BJP, you too can join the BJP and join hands to help create a New India!"Pertinently, her remarks against Islam and Christianity which are available on YouTube also kicked up a storm.In a video from February 2018, titled More Threat to National Security & Peace? Jihad or Christian Missionary? - Answers Victoria Gowri, Gowri is seen saying,"Like Islam is green terror, Christianity is white terror.""Christian groups are more dangerous than Islam groups. Both are equally dangerous in the context of love jihad," Gowri can be heard saying in the interview.A petition has been filed by three lawyers practicing in the Madras High Court on concerns that advocate Gowri had allegedly exhibited “strong prejudice” against citizens on the ground of their religious affiliation. Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud had allowed urgent listing of the case stating that certain material relating to Gowri came to the Collegium's notice only after the recommendation was made.The matter was listed as item 38 for today before a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and MM Sundresh.However, Madras High Court decided to proceed with the swearing in despite the top court being seized of the plea prompting the early morning hearing.Live Updates from the hearing below..Hearing to take place at 9 am shortly, bench led by CJI DY Chandrachud.Lawyers enter court 1..Senior Advocates Raju Ramachandran and Anand Grover are inside court..As per information, judges have not arrived in court yet..BREAKING: Case will now be heard by a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai..Bench led by Justice Sanjiv Khanna to assemble shortly..Meanwhile arrangements for the 10:35 am swearing in ceremony are in full swing..The latest update from the Supreme Court states that hearing in the case will commence at 10:30 am, 5 minutes L Victoria Gowri is sworn in as an additional judge of the Madras High Court..Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran: We are praying for a stay before hearing begins. This is an extraordinary urgency. High Court notified oath after it wad mentioned. Justice Sanjiv Khanna: Come to meat of the matter. There is a difference between eligibility and suitability..Justice Khanna: Regarding suitability, the court cannot go into it since the process will become unworkable. We can work only around eligibility .Ramachandran: Eligibility as under Article 217, by very nature of high Constitutional office, has implied conditions of eligibility.Court: We have read the material on record .Ramachandran: It shows mindset which is not in cosonance with the ideals of Constitution.., It runs antithesis to Article 21 as well along with Article 14. Thus, she is unfit to take oath. Oath speaks of true faith and allegiance.Ramachandran: There is letter and spirit of every word in constitution. She had rendered herself incapable of taking oath due to her utterances .Court: People with political background has taken oath as Supreme Court judges also. We have seen 2018 utterances.Court: This was perhaps placed before the Collegium as well. .Ramachandran: It was not, .Justice Khanna: It is an assumption .Justice Gavai: There is opinion of consultee judges as well and we cannot say such materials were not on record.Justice Gavai: We also have been consultee judges and we usually give opinion after having seen all materials .Ramachandran: But it is not possible for judges to see all tweets. There has been instances when government cited tweets...Justice Gavai: But Collegium overruled it.Justice Gavai: I also had a political background before joining the court as a judge and now I have been in office since 20 years.. but never ever have I let it influence .Ramachandran: Yes, there was Rajinder Sachar.Court: Justice Krishna Iyer...Ramachandran: Hate speech is something which runs anti-thesis to the constitution and such an oath will be an insincere oath and only on paper .Justice Khanna: collegium would have seen all this..Justice Khanna: But for us going into eligibility and suitability now, it will be like laying down jurisprudential theory etc. .Ramachandran: There is a judgment where Supreme Court has struck it down before oath taking.Justice Khanna: But there has been judgments also where suitability etc was not seen. My judgment also.. .Ramachandran: This is not political speech by her but a hate speech .Court: It will be taking it too far. Collegium must have perused all this.Justice Gavai: She is taking oath as additional judge and if she is not discharging her duty, then won't collegium have the power to not elevate her further? ... This will be like showing lack of faith and respect in the collegium.Ramachandran: The fact that collegium was considering the elevation was in public domain. When collegium is still looking at it.. collegium can recall it. But warrant was issued in a hurry here..Justice Khanna: If any member of the collegium had any reservations they would have taken it up .Ramachandran: After making a representation, one has to give a reasonable time.. .Court: We on judicial side are being asked to direct collegium to reconsider and we cannot do that.Ramachandran: No writ needed for collegium... Please see the ugly haste.. We mention the matter and matter is listed today and then notification of appointment was out.. we then again mentioned and hearing was advanced.Ramachandran: Acting CJ of Madras HC was also informed about the proceeding and even then oath taking was notified at 10.30 pm.Court: We cannot be on suitability of candidates and we cannot direct the collegium to reconsider. So limited issue is can we issue any other direction. Additional judge she is and appointment as permanent judge is still pending.Justice Gavai: There has been many instances when additional judge was not made permanent when performance was not satisfactory.. .Justice Khanna: We agree that additional Judge post is equally important and that minute details has to be seen...Senior Advocate Anand Grover: We are not on political issues but the view in those articles is so extreme in nature which palpably indicate that she cannot keep her swear to the Constitution .Justice Khanna: Mr Grover...Update: Justice Victoria Gowri has taken oath of office at the Madras High Court.Grover: No writ to collegium needed.. but the consultative process was fraught with less information.. can that not be looked into then .Justice Gavai: There are consultee judges from HC and they are from Tamil Nadu and they know what happened .Grover: Information may have been withheld.. tweets were not seen .Justice Khanna: Many people write letters etc. also.Many times before Collegium recommendations reach Delhi letters of complaint reach us: Justice Gavai.Grover: But information was withheld and when it is done then what about consultation and if it was a fully informed consultative.. .Justice Khanna: You are saying this information may not be there in the consultation process....Justice Gavai: How can you say HC judges are not aware of the antecedents of a candidate being recommended? .Grover: The type of remarks made is complete hate speech. In a rare case this info may not be before the Collegium ... this may be a rare case....Justice Gavai: What 'rare'? Someone will pull out some information and say that it was not before collegium.. such rare cases will keep coming then....BREAKING Justice Sanjiv Khanna: We are not entertaining the writ petition. Reasons will follow.