In a touching gesture the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Cabinet Ministers and Speaker Jigme Zangpo met the former Chief Justice of Bhutan Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye to thank him.
The PM in facebook post said, “With Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, the outgoing Chief Justice of Bhutan. My colleagues and I got together to thank and congratulate him for 43 years of dedicated and successful service to the Tsa-wa-sum, and to wish him the best in the next chapter of his life.”
The Chief Justice retired on 15th November 2014. Lyonpo began his service with His Majesty with the Third King. Lyonpo received the red scarf at the age of 25 in 1974. In 1991, he was awarded the Deputy Minister’s rank and scarf. From 1991 till 2009, Lyonpo served as the Chief Justice of the High Court and became the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on February 2010. His tenure as the President of the SAARCLAW from January 2011 to May 2014 saw the revival of SAARCLAW.
Lyonpo brought about major reforms in the Judiciary and was the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee. Lyonpo received the “Order of the Druk Wangyel” from His Majesty the King, ‘Medaille d’Honneur’ from the French Judiciary, International Jurist Award from the International Council of Jurists and the Honorary Bencher of the Inner temple London.