DHARAMSALA, 15 Oct: Dagpo Sonam Norbu was sworn in as the new Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration(CTA).
He was administered the oath of office by retiring Chief Justice Commissioner Kargyu Dhondup at a brief ceremony held earlier today at the T-building, the auditorium of the CTA at its headquarters in Dharamsala.
Deputy Speaker of Tibetan parliament-in-Exile, Justice Commissioners, some cabinet members’ heads of the Autonomous bodies, members of the Standing Committee of Tibetan parliament and Secretaries of CTA departments were present on the occasion.
Dagpo Sonam Norbu will now succeed Kargyu Dhondup as the sixth Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.
The newly-elected Chief Justice Commissioner thanked everyone for all the warm congratulations wishes and vowed to uphold the charter of the Tibetans.
“We have a democratic system and for it to function well and properly, we must uphold the charter of the Tibetans,” he told reporters after he was sworn in.
Born in 1956, the incumbent secretary of the DIIR joined the CTA as a Tibetan civil servant in 1988 and came up through the ranks.
He joined the administration as a senior clerk at the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi on 20 September 1988. Over the last three decades, he served the administration in various capacities such as deputy secretary, chief co-ordinator of the Chinese outreach program at DIIR, Secretary of the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, Additional Secretary of DIIR and as the new Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet in Canberra, Australia before he assumed his current office on 30 July 2014.