Lobsang Dakpa’s license revoked; declared a contemnor

Lobsang Dakpa, defendant lawyer of President of Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay and his Cabinet, speaks to the press after the first hearing of the defamation case filed by Penpa Tsering against them, in Dharamshala, India, on 5 June 2019.

Lobsang Dakpa, defendant lawyer of President of Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay and his Cabinet, speaks to the press after the first hearing of the defamation case filed by Penpa Tsering against them, in Dharamshala, India, on 5 June 2019. File photo/Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 9 December 2019

The Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission revoked the license of the Tibetan Cabinet lawyer Lobsang Dakpa after he had criticised the court’s judgment of Case no 20 as biased on 14 October, and then failed to appear for a second time to a contempt hearing regarding his statements.

Dakpa failed to appear today at 10:30 am, and a court staffer announced at 10:45 am that since the defendant didn’t show up, the court would give a decision concerning the matter at 2 pm.

In a seven-page decision, the Tibetan court stated that Dakpa will not be able to practice in any Tibetan court, with immediate effect.

Additionally, the court declared him a contemnor, and ordered him to offer a khata (ceremonial Tibetan scarf) to the Dalai Lama’s throne at Tsuglakhang Temple in McLeod Ganj and to offer 100 butter lamps as signs of apology, both to be accomplished within 15 days.

In the order, the court has given a clarification to Dakpa’s charges, including why the confidential documents were withdrawn, and pointed out his failure in following the procedures to bring his witnesses.

The court concluded that Dakpa has infringed the law, bypassed the ethics of a lawyer and the responsibilities of a Tibetan as enshrined in the Charter, been inconsiderate to social harmony with his baseless accusation of the court’s decision, and has mocked the court’s procedure and its reputation, creating doubts as to the power and procedure of the court, blatantly inciting social disturbances, and damaging the democratic process of the exile Tibetans.

Dakpa didn’t have anything to say when Tibet Sun contacted him. “I do not have any comments as of now.”


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