Tibet Sun Online News
ON THE WEB, 19 May 2018
Former Representative of the Dalai Lama to the US Penpa Tsering filed a case on Friday against the Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration charging “false accusations” against him when ousting him from the post in November. The case was filed at the Supreme Justice Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala.
The Cabinet led by Lobsang Sangay had levelled Penpa Tsering with ten points justifying his removal from the post. In a December 2017 press conference Penpa Tsering challenged each point as baseless.
“The case is a false accusation, as the Cabinet is charging me for something I haven’t done,” Penpa Tsering said to reporters, before going to file a case in the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission with his lawyer Namgyal Tsekyi.
The Cabinet’s main accusations against Penpa Tsering concerned “trust deficit” and “dereliction of duty”.
Tsering said that he was filing the case after Sangay said on two occasions that Penpa Tsering should go to court for any misgivings.
“I am filing the case as Sikyong [President of CTA Lobsang Sangay] said on a few occasions to go to court for any apprehensions. If I didn’t go to court, there could be implications,” Tsering said.
Penpa Tsering had clarified that the appointment to and termination from the post is the prerogative of the Cabinet, and he was not challenging that decision-making power of the Cabinet.
In December during a press conference, Tsering said he resigned after he received an order from the Cabinet announcing his termination, but that the ten reasons given were not acceptable.
Tsering’s termination issue jolted the Tibetan community, with social media overflowing with diatribe against both Sangay and Tsering. in an unprecedented action, Tsering’s supporters staged protests wherever Sangay went in Europe, Canada and the US.
The issue of Tsering’s termination dominated the budget session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile held in March.
Sangay refused to make comments on the issue when reporters requested his views on the matter.
Namgyal Tsekyi, a trained lawyer and past solicitor at the Tibetan Justice Commission in Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement, will represent Penpa Tsering in the Tibetan court.
“Whatever judgement is pronounced by the justice commission, that will clear the matter,” Tsering said.