Sonam Dagpo Appointed New Chief Justice of Tibetan in Exile

Dharamshala: Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo was sworn in as the Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission at a simple but impressive swearing-in ceremony here at McLeodganj in upper Dharamshala on Tuesday. Mr Dagpo succeeds Mr Kargyu Dhondup, who retired are a long  tenure in as the chief justice. Before quitting office, it was the retiring Chief Justice Commissioner who administered the oath of office to the new incumbent.

Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo taking oath as the Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Government in Exile

Born in 1956 in Lakhar-Shak,Mr Dagop with his family escaped into exile in India in 1962. He completed his schooling from the Central School for Tibetans, Darjeeling in 1973 and received his BA (Hons.) and Master’s degree from Delhi University, and B.Ed. from Jamia Milia Islamia University. In 1994, he earned a Master’s of Public Administration degree from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, US.

On 23 September 2019, after 37 years of service in various roles and positions within the exile Tibetan community, he was elected the Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission during the eighth session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

Deputy Speaker of Tibetan parliament-in-Exile, Justice Commissioners, Kalons, heads of the Autonomous bodies and members, Secretaries of CTA functionaries greeted the new Chief Justice with Tibetan scarves at the ceremony.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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