Bhutan’s most senior SC judge, top Army officer detained in ‘conspiracy’ case


In a case that’s being perceived as an alleged conspiracy involving the top echelons of the judiciary and the army in Bhutan, police in the nation have detained the senior-most choose of its Supreme Court, a top Army officer and a district court docket choose for allegedly plotting to interchange Bhutan’s Chief Justice, Army chief and a top regulation officer.

According to Bhutan’s state-run official newspaper, Kuensel, the Bhutan police on Wednesday detained the senior-most choose of the Supreme Court, Kuenlay Tshering, together with the drangpon (affiliate justice) of the Pemagatshel Dzongkhag administrative unit, Yeshey Dorji.

Incidentally, Justice Kuenlay Tshering was current when Justice S A Bobde was sworn-in because the Chief Justice of India in November 2019.

Justice Tshering had stated just lately that he had studied regulation in Bombay University.

Kuensel reported that the 2 arrests have been made after a former Royal Body Guard commandant, Brigadier Thinley Tobgye, was detained in reference to a felony conspiracy towards the Chief Operations Officer — equal to Army chief — of the Royal Bhutan Army.

“The alleged criminal conspiracy case came to the fore after a woman who was arrested a few months ago revealed details about the conspiratorial relationship. As per sources, the three allegedly wanted to become the RBA’s Chief Operations Officer, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the attorney general or registrar general of Supreme Court,” the report stated.

The Bhutanese, a privately-run newspaper, gave a extra detailed account of the case.

“Yesterday evening, after office hours were over, the Royal Bhutan Police detained the Supreme Court Judge Kuenlay Tshering (Elephant Bench or Bench 1) and Pemagatshel Dzongkhag Drangpon (Pemagatshel district judge) Yeshey Dorji. Judge Kuenlay was detained from his home. This was following the earlier detention of former Royal Body Guard Commandant Brigadier Thinley Tobgay,” the report stated.

Authored by The Bhutanese editor Tenzing Lamsang, the report quoting sources stated that the three have been detained in the identical case of making an attempt to border the present Chief Operations Officer of the RBA, Goongloen Gongma (Lt General) Batoo Tshering in what’s being known as “an untrue corruption case”.

It stated that the previous RBG Brigadier Thinley Tobgay allegedly had “illegally obtained some documents from the RBA on the procurement of United Nation vehicles” and was making an attempt to make use of the paperwork to “undermine the COO”.

The report stated the Brigadier was accused of utilizing a girl named Khandu Wangmo to cross on these paperwork to Justice Tshering to border costs in order that it might be despatched to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan for a case towards the COO.

It stated that the district choose Yeshey Dorji just isn’t immediately concerned in the above course of however was detained as a result of he was conscious of what was happening.

The Bhutanese reported, quoting sources, that the “three accused were friends who were well known to each other”.

“The motivation of the group was to take on the positions of the COO, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General or the Registrar General of the Supreme Court,” it stated.

The case has been despatched to the Thimphu District Court on Wednesday morning primarily based on the investigation by police.

Sources in New Delhi known as the present scenario “unprecedented” in the Himalayan nation, including that India was carefully monitoring the case in Thimphu.


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