06/01/2012 02:18 EDT | Updated 08/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Van Dongen granted intervener status in BC Rail lawsuit

B.C.'s only Conservative MLA John van Dongen has been granted intervener status in the auditor general's BC Rail court action.

The judge said on Friday morning that van Dongen will provide a unique perspective and expects he will be able to make some contributions to the case.

The case centres around the auditor general's probe into the $6-million legal bill the province picked up when former Liberal ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk pleaded guilty in October 2010 to breach of trust and receiving benefits in connection with the 2003 sale of BC Rail.

The auditor general has since launched an inquiry into the decision, and took the government to court in order to obtain key documents it has refused to hand over.

The government says the documents are covered by solicitor-client privilege and it cannot provide them without the approval of third parties.

A key question van Dongen wants answered is whether or not the legal fees were paid as part of a prior deal with the defendants.