|Bill Tieleman interviews Dave Basi outside BC Supreme Court|
Doyle is trying to determine why Basi and Virk - former BC Liberal government ministerial aides closely involved in the 2003 BC Rail privatization who made surprise guilty pleas in October 2010 shortly after their trial on breach of trust charges had begun - were still given an indemnity for their legal fees.
The BC government has refused to turn over some documents requested by Doyle, which led to his court application.
The Basi-Virk/BC Rail scandal erupted after an unprecedented police raid on the BC Legislature on December 28, 2003 - just a month after the $1 billion sale of BC Rail to CN Rail.
Basi and Virk protested their innocence through a multi-year pre-trial hearing plagued by difficulties for the defence to gain access to evidence against the pair but ultimately both pled guilty on October 18, 2010 after just two witnesses had testified - and with both former and current cabinet ministers expected to take the witness stand in a lengthy trial.
Most recently BC Conservative Party MLA John van Dongen - a former BC Liberal Solicitor-General who quit the party in March - successfully filed an application for intervenor status at the upcoming hearing.
Van Dongen is personally paying for his lawyer Roger McConchie to represent him at the hearing, to be held by BC Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman.
Van Dongen says his role as a former cabinet minister will allow him to give a different perspective to the court than that of the Auditor-General - who is an independent officer of the BC Legislature.
"My involvement as an intervener will be to present a perspective that is a little bit different from the auditor-general in that I'm a legislator representing the interest of British Columbians," van Dongen said outside court on June 1.