According to a decision by the Law Society of British Columbia, Liberal MP Randeep Sarai had his license to practice law suspended for various professional misconduct offences. The citations began barely a year after Sarai began practicing law in the province.
Sarai is the Liberal candidate for Surrey Centre. He was elected as an MP for the riding in the 2015 federal election.
Among the charges levelled against him, the Liberal candidate was accused of acting in a conflict of interest, failing to pay property taxes, and failing to have the required records, among many others.
“It is unlikely that a more extensive array of real estate practice misconduct will come before a discipline panel in the future. The circumstances of this practice are unique and should not be permitted to repeat in the future. The scope of the circumstances leading to this citation is massive.” writes the ruling.
In 2003, a citation of misconduct was filed against Sarai. The citation was less than a year after he had completed the bar and began his practice as a legitimate lawyer in the province.
“The 2003 Citation asserted that the Applicant had professionally misconducted himself by breaching multiple undertakings on real estate files and allowing multiple other errors to be made in trust accounting and the general handling of his practice,” wrote the ruling.
Sarai’s license was eventually suspended after he was found guilty of the same misconduct charges in 2005.
“There was a certain Jekyll and Hyde characteristic of the Respondent’s behaviour in his conduct of the practice,” claimed a panel about Sarai.
Eventually, in 2010, Sarai applied to have his license reinstated and the application was approved.