The Prime Minister (Dr) Lotay Tshering acknowledged the contribution of the outgoing Chief Justice who finished his term on 30th November.
The PM in a Facebook post said the official closure of his tenure as the second Chief Justice of Bhutan post 2008 marks the end of his 32 years in public service.
“It has been an absolute privilege for me to serve His Majesty The King, His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, the people and the government,” Dasho Tshering Wangchuk said.
The PM said that over the years, the man who started as a trainee officer with High Court in 1987 went on to serve at all levels of judiciary.
The journey was as colourful and enriching, Dasho Tshering Wangchuk recalled to the PM.
“Which is perhaps why, as stern and disciplined as he appeared, his warm and congenial character appealed to everyone around. Whether it was his former college friend or a militia training mate, whether it was his driver or a colleague from his days in the districts. Everyone would bring to mind his friendly yet dedicated attributes each time they mentioned Dasho Tshering Wangchuk,” said the PM.
Acknowledging his contribution to the nation, the prime minister said Dasho Tshering Wangchuk’s leadership not just strengthened the judiciary but gave people hopes to believe that truth and fair treatment prevailed in the country.
Prime minister also said as this phase of career comes a close for the chief justice, he should contribute through his rich experience and knowledge from outside the public service.
Even as he retired, the chief justice shared ways to strengthen the judiciary and the support government could render in this effort.
Dasho Tshering Wangchuk is a recipient of the Druk Yuegyal medal, the highest military honor as a member of the militia awarded by His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. He also received the Coronation Gold Medal in 2008 and was conferred the Red Scarf by His Majesty The King on December 17, 2013.