By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 1 November 2019
The Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has accepted the verdict of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, but continues to express dissatisfaction at the decision in the defamation case filed by former Representative to Washington DC Penpa Tsering.
Right after the Supreme Justice gave the verdict, the CTA’s Home Minister, Sonam Topgyal convened a press conference to express dissatisfaction with it. He said that the decision was not according to their expectations.
The acceptance has been announced on the official Tibetan-language website of CTA, further stating that the public is feeling saddened by the biased judgment, but still accepting the court’s order for the stability of the administration and unity of the Tibetan people.
The CTA President Lobsang Sangay-led Cabinet has urged the public to take responsibility to maintain peace and order within society.
Now famously known as Case no 20, the case was registered by Penpa Tsering against the 10-point charges issued by the Cabinet blaming Tsering of inefficiency, dereliction of duty, and insubordination.
The top exile Tibetan court cleared plaintiff Penpa Tsering of all charges against him in a verdict given on 14 October, and ordered the Cabinet to issue an apology and pay Tsering’s lawyer fees within a month, which expires on 13 November.
In the verdict, the court found that the charges were baseless, had damaged Penpa Tsering’s dedication, efficiency, and moral grounds, and that wrong information has been propagated against him.
The verdict has ordered the Cabinet to expressly publish in all their bulletins and online publications, in both Tibetan and English, that the Cabinet is offering an apology to Penpa Tsering for the defamation. In addition the published apology must be submitted to court, to be forwarded to Penpa Tsering.
The Cabinet will also have to pay Penpa Tsering’s lawyar Namgyal Tsekyi a sum of rupees 98,000 (1,400 USD approx).