Senior aides face criminal charges

Former ministerial assistants David Basi and Bob Virk (Mr. Basi's brother-in-law) have been charged with a number of offenses relating last year's police raid on the legislature. Those charges include breach of trust, accepting a bribe to influence government business and fraud over $5,000. Also charged with aiding in laundering the money allegedly accepted by Mr. Basi is his cousin, transportation public affairs officer Aneal Basi. The three men will appear in court on January 28. The following is copy of the charges.

INFORMATION/DENONCIATION

CANADA: PROVINICE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
PROVINCE DE LA COLUMBIE-BRITANNIQUE

"BY INDICTMENT"

This is the information of/Les presentes constituent la denonciation de Constable A. Cowan, a Peace Officer (the "informant"/le "denonciateur") of/de Victoria, British Columbia

The informant says that the informant has reasonable and probable grounds to believe and does believe that/Le denonciatuer declare qu'il a des motifs raisonnables et probables et croit effectivement que

Count 1

Udhe Singh (Dave) BASI, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, directly or indirectly, being an official, demanded, accepted or offered or agreed to accept for himself rewards, advantages and benefits being money, meals, travel and employment opportunities as consideration for cooperation, assistance, exercise of influence or an act or omission in connection with matters of government business including a bid by OmniTRAX Inc. to obtain the operating rights of BC Rail from the Government of British Columbia, contrary to Section 121 (1)(a)(ii) of the Criminal Code.

Count 2

Bobby Singh VIRK, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, directly or indirectly, being an official, demanded, accepted or offered or agreed to accept for himself rewards, advantages and benefits being money, meals, travel and employment opportunities as consideration for cooperation, assistance, exercise of influence or an act or omission in connection with matters of government business including a bid by OmniTRAX Inc. to obtain the operating rights of BC Rail from the Government of British Columbia, contrary to Section 121 (1)(a)(ii) of the Criminal Code.

Count 3

Udhe Singh (Dave) BASI, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, being an official of the Governmnet of British Columbia, accepted from a person who has dealings with the government rewards, advantages and benefits being money, meals, travel and employment opportunities without having received consent in writing of the head of the branch of government of which he is an official, contrary to Section 121(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.

Count 4

Bobby Singh VIRK, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, being an official of the Government of British Columbia, accepted from a person who has dealings with the government rewards, advantages and benefits being meals, travel and employment opportunities without having received consent in writing of the head of the branch of government of which he is an official, contrary to Section 121(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.

Count 5

Udhe Singh (Dave) BASI, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, being an official of the Government of British Columbia, having or pretending to have influence with the Government of British Columbia or a Minister of the Government of British Columbia, demanded, accepted or agreed to accept for himself rewards, advantages and benefits being money, meals, travel and employment opportunities as consideration for cooperation, assistance, exercise of influence or an act or omission in connection with matters of government business including a bid by OmniTRAX Inc. to obtain the operating rights of BC Rail from the Government of British Columbia, contrary to Section 121(1)(d) of the Criminal Code.

Count 6

Bobby Singh VIRK, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, being an official of the Government of British Columbia, having or pretending to have influence with the Government of British Columbia or a Minister of the Government of British Columbia, demanded, accepted or agreed to accept for himself rewards, advantages and benefits being money, meals, travel and employment opportunities as consideration for cooperation, assistance, exercise of influence or an act or omission in connection with matters of government business including a bid by OmniTRAX Inc. to obtain the operating rights of BC Rail from the Government of British Columbia, contrary to Section 121(1)(d) of the Criminal Code.

Count 7

Udhe Singh (Dave) BASI, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, being an official of the Government of British Columbia, did commit fraud or a breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office in disclosing to interested third parties confidential government documents and confidential government ijnformation including Cabinet confidences pertaining to the sale by the Government of British Columbia of the Freight Division of BC Rail, contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal Code.

Count 8

Bobby Singh VIRK, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, being an official of the Government of British Columbia, did commit fraud or a breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office in disclosing to interested third parties confidential government documents and confidential government ijnformation including Cabinet confidences pertaining to the sale by the Government of British Columbia of the Freight Division of BC Rail, contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal Code.

Count 9

Udhe Singh (Dave) BASIS and Bobby Singh VIRK, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 28th day of December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, did by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defraud Canadian National Railway Company, Canadian Pacific Railway, CIBC World Markets Inc., and the Government of British Columbia, of an amount exceeding $5,000.00, by recklessly putting at risk the bidding process for the Freight Division of BC Rail in disclosing to interested third parties confidential government documents and confidential government information including Cabinet confidences, contrary to Section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Count 10

Udhe Singh (Dave) BASIS and Bobby Singh VIRK, between the 1st day of January, 2003 and the 28th day orf December, 2003, at or near Victoria, or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, did by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent means, defraud(1)Macquarie North America Ltd. and OmniTRAX Inc.,(2)a consortium which included Canadian National Railway Company, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Vancouver Port Authority,(3)TD Securities Inc., and(4)the Government of British Columbia, of an amount exceeding $5,000.00, by recklessly putting at risk the bidding process for the Port Subdivision of BC Rail in disclosing to interested third parties confidential government documents and confidential government information including Cabinet confidences, contrary to Section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

Count 11

Aneal BASI, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 31st day of January, 2003, at or near Victoria or elsewhere in the Province of British Coluimbia, did aid in the commission of an offence by laundering money accepted by Udhe Singh (Dave) BASI who, directly or indirectly, being an official, demanded, accepted or offered or agreed to accept for himself money as consideration for cooperation, assistance, exercise of influence or an act or omission in connection with matters of government business including a bid by OmniTRAX Inc., to obtain the operating rights of BC Rail from the Government of British Columbia, contrary to Section 121(1)(a)(ii) of the Criminal Code.

Count 12

Aneal BASI, between the 1st day of April, 2002 and the 31st day of January, 2004, at or near Victoria or elsewhere in the Province of British Columbia, did aid in the commission of an offence by laundering money accepted by Udhe Singh (Dave) BASI who being an official of the Government of British Columbia, did commit fraud or breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office, to wit: in disclosing to interested third parties confidential government documents pertaining to the sale by the Government of British Columbia of the Freight Division of BC Rail, contrary to Section 122 of the Criminal Code.

SWORN BEFORE ME/ASSERMENTE DEVANT MOI ON/CE 21st DAY OF/JOUR DE December, 2004.

AT/A Victoria

BRITISH COLUMBIA/COLUMBIE-BRITANNIQUE

A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN AND FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
JUGE DE PAIX DANS ET POUR LA PROVINCE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE

(SIGNATURE OF INFROMANT)
(SIGNATURE DU DENONCIATEUR)

Warrant to Issue
PROCESS CONFIRMED/ACTE DE PROCEDURE CONFIRME

A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE IN AND FOR THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
JUGE DE PAIX DANS ET POUR LA PROVINCE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE

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