By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 25: The Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission (TSJC) on Friday denied any violation of the charter, the prime cause cited by the Tibetan Parliament in Exile in their removal. “We haven’t violated any law. I think it is important for the TPiE Speaker Pema Jungney and 11 MPs in the Parliamentary Standing Committee to take the historical responsibility for such a move,” said Chief Justice Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo at the press release.
The judicial body of the Central Tibetan Administration also remarked that the suo moto ruling in September was aimed “protect the charter”, noting that the TPiE is “not above the law”. The parliament session on Thursday voted 31-10 in favour of the motion to remove three top judges of the TSJC through a secret ballot.
The Chief Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo also said that it sets a ‘dangerous’ precedent for the future as no ‘checks and balances’ will be tolerated, “It seems that Tibetan parliament will hold the ultimate power if we move forward like this; there might come a time that anybody else in the Administration will be afraid to hold the parliament accountable.” The TSJC argued that many states in India including Himachal, Haryana and Punjab continued their sessions despite the pandemic, and the postponement till March this year was against the charter.
TPiE Speaker Pema Jungney said that the motion was necessary to ‘protect the charter’. The parliament rejected the suo moto ruling adding that the court does not have any jurisdiction over the internal proceedings of the house. The Supreme Justice penalized the standing committee of the parliament over failure to conduct the 10th session due to Covid-19 restrictions. The press release today said that the trio will leave the office immediately, not because they had done anything ‘unlawful’, but only out of respect for the constitution.
Chief Justice Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo and the two Justice Commissioners, Tenzin Lungtok and Karma Dadul, are all veteran civil servants of the exile Tibetan government, known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration.