The Ministry of Attorney General's criminal justice branch has announced that Liberal MLA Kash Heed has been cleared of committing any offences under the Election Act.
Heed, a former West Vancouver police chief, was investigated in connection with alleged election irregularities in Vancouver-Fraserview prior in the 2009 election campaign.
However, special prosecutor Peter Wilson has approved charges against Heed's campaign manager, Barinder Sall, and Dinesh Khanna, who owned a company that printed pamphlets with false statements about the NDP.
"Based upon the evidence reviewed by the Special Prosecutor, there is insufficient proof that Mr. Heed was involved in the production of pamphlets, that he knew of or was involved in filing a false election report, or that Mr. Heed knowingly made payments to campaign staff for election-related purposes following the 2009 General Election," the branch said in a statement issued today.
In most instances, Wilson approved the same charges as Terrence Robertson, who stepped down as special prosecutor after it was disclosed that his law firm contributed to Heed's campaign.
Wilson has approved seven Election Act charges and three Criminal Code charges (two for forgery and one for obstructing the RCMP) against Sall.
Three Election Act charges and one Criminal Code charge (obstructing the RCMP) have been laid against Khanna.
The Crown has stayed an Election Act charge against Satpal Johl, who was Heed's financial agent.