A 35-year-old Indian-origin man has sued Canadian government over his wrongful conviction in a sexual assault case in 2005 that has left him as a rural farmer with few economic prospects.
Gurdev Singh Dhillon, a former resident of British Columbia, was convicted for three years in a sexual assault case.
His conviction was thrown out in a civil lawsuit after being termed as a miscarriage of justice when the court ruled that the DNA evidence in the case was earlier withheld.
Dhillon was deported back to India in 2008, The Vancouver Sun reported. The lawsuit names Dhillon's former defence lawyer, the provincial and federal governments, the lead investigator and prosecutor and an unknown civilian employee of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The allegations have yet to be proven in court, but Dhillon's new defence lawyer alleges the defendants were negligent during the investigation and the lead up to the trial.
The statement of claim said that Dhillon lost his liberty, his marriage, his child, his job as a mill worker, and was deported to India where he is now a rural farmer in Punjab and has "few economic prospects."