For over a decade, Erwin Singh Braich says he has been unjustly forced to live under a dark cloud due to the repeated misconduct of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the Mounties.
Now he wants to make them pay.
Armed with a government document that shows the high profile case against him that is related to complex bankruptcy proceedings has been abandoned, Braich and his legal team have filed a lawsuit in the BC Supreme Court claiming that the damages he suffered may well exceed $17 billion.
In a letter to Braich dated November 28, 2013, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada has stated that "Although the Crown is not obligated to provide reasons.....I can advise you that I have determined there is no longer a reasonable prospect of conviction".
Braich’s restrictions on international travel imposed on him by the Canadian government have now been lifted.
"I am strongly suggesting that the integrity of our judicial system and due process afforded to Canadians is being literally destroyed by this pattern of activity against me," Braich said in a statement.
"I fully anticipate these and other related issues will be raised in Parliament in the next session of the sitting of the House of Commons. As I have been informed that the process by which this will be brought to the floor is already in motion."
"I am very thankful that someone within the government had the good sense to finally take initiative by doing the right thing and tell the truth. At one point, I was not allowed to travel outside British Columbia without seeking permission from the court. This affected me in many ways. My legal team will continue to vigorously pursue the lawsuit I have already filed and served on the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police".
Among those named in the lawsuit is Crown Counsel Gerry Sair and RCMP Constable Wendy Saint-Onge.
Braich went on to add that he, along with many of his targeted associates, have suffered a great deal of hardship; some of which may have been and continue today, likely because they uncovered what could be the largest income tax fraud in the history of Canada.
Braich is the son of Herman Singh Braich (1911- 1976), a successful businessman and forest industry pioneer in BC who immigrated from Punjab, India, to Canada in 1927 and passed away in 1976.
According to his bio, Erwin Singh Braich, at age twenty, left his studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, to assume control of his father's businesses.
In the subsequent years, he built his family businesses into a multi-million dollar conglomerate, further expanding what his father had begun. He accomplished all of this while juggling his many duties as the eldest son in a family of nine, along with his role as husband, and father of two children. As a successful businessman, it is said that Erwin Singh Braich was also a quiet philanthropist giving back to his community.
"According to estimates of Trusts that Braich controls, the net aggregate value puts him at being the second richest person in Canada and makes him one of the top three wealthiest Indians in the world today, along with Mukesh Ambani (Reliance Group) and Lakshmi Mittal (ArcelorMittal). But much like Sir Ratan Tata who himself in a personal capacity does not show up on any billionaires lists in the world and utilizes Trusts, Braich also conducts his business activities through various Trusts," stated lawyer Jamshed Mistry who is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and is Senior Counsel on the Central Government Panel for Advocates of the High Court of India.
Mistry said he considers Braich's story one of the most egregious violations of a person's civil rights that he has ever seen.
"In all of my years of practicing law I have never seen a prosecutor go out of their way to state that 'there is no longer a reasonable prospect of conviction' especially when abandoning a high profile case such as this. It seems to me that it was an apology of sorts to Mr. Braich".
"I look forward to meeting Mr. Braich, face to face, in the United States, in the very near future, to consult with our legal team on how to move forward, now that he is not subject to the draconian restrictions that were placed upon him by the Canadian government, one of which prevented him from traveling internationally" added Mistry.
"What the guilty parties have done has not just harmed myself, and some of my associates, but has cost decent and hard-working Canadian taxpayers billions of dollars," added Braich.