A special prosecutor has been appointed to the case of a Surrey realtor who was featured in a recent “Creep Catcher” sting.
35-year-old Kuljinder “Kelly” Singh Bhatti is facing charges of trying to lure a minor for a sexual purpose and making an arrangement with a person for a sexual offense involving an underage person.
Now the Criminal Justice Branch has just announced the appointment of Queens Counsel Greg DelBigio after it became clear Bhatti is a relative of an employee of the Criminal Justice Branch.
According to a release, the appointment was made “to avoid any potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of justice.”
It cites a “close personal relationship” between Bhatti and an unnamed CJB employee.
The sting Bhatti was the subject of gained national attention when a video was released of Surrey Creep Catchers president Ryan Laforge allegedly assaulting him.
Laforge was arrested the day of the sting, while Bhatti was arrested three days later.
An investigation into the alleged assault is currently underway.
Bhatti’s next appearance in Surrey Provincial Court is scheduled for May 4.
It’s not the first time Greg DelBigio QC has been involved in a case of a perceived conflict of interest either.
He withdrew as a special prosecutor in the investigation into the B.C. Liberals’ triple delete email scandal back in 2015, after concerns over a perceived conflict of interest were raised then.
That withdrawal was because of his role as defense counsel for a former Liberal Party employee in an unrelated case.