Malik sues Canadian local and federal governments
Vancouver, March 27, 2007
Sohan Singh Sahota
On March 13, Ripudaman Singh Malik filed documents in B.C. Supreme
Court, sue the B.C. and federal governments for malicious prosecution,
wrongful imprisonment, breach of the plaintiff's Charter rights,
conspiracy to injure, negligent performance of duty and damage to
the plaintiff's reputation.
On March 16, 2005, Ripudiman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri
have both been found not guilty of all eight criminal charges connected
to a pair of deadly blasts directed at Air India airliners in 1985.
Despite being innocent, I was wrongly accused of being responsible
for the Air India bombing.
I was wrongfully incarcerated from October 2000 to March 2005,
a period of 4½ years, for a crime I did not commit. This
is the equivalent of a 9 year prison sentence.
I was also forced to spend over one million dollars on my legal
defence. The Attorney General of BC has said that I owe even more
money to the government despite my innocence.
The charges against me were based on evidence that was fabricated.
The loss of 4½ years of my life had a great impact on my
family and I, both emotionally and financially. Prior to my arrest
I was a leader in the community. Today, even though the Court found
the evidence against me was fabricated (see paragraphs 739-744 &
777 of Mr. Justice Josephson’s ruling), my reputation has
not been restored.
While I was wrongfully incarcerated, I missed both my youngest
son’s and my daughter’s high school graduations, I missed
my eldest son’s marriage, I missed the birth of my first grandchild,
and I celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary without my family.
I missed the joy and pleasure of seeing my children grow up and
of participating in their upbringing. I missed spending time with
my wife, my family and my friends.
I believe that I should be compensated for my wrongful prosecution
and wrongful imprisonment and my financial losses.
I am providing this written statement today. I will not be providing
any further interviews.
Ripudaman Singh Malik