A top Communist Party of China (CPC) official who is also the mayor of Nanjing, a major city in eastern China, is under investigation for corruption, state media report said Thursday, adding that it was part of the ongoing anti-corruption drive initiated by the Party leadership.
Ji Janye, mayor of the industrialised Nanjing which is the capital of Jiangsu province, was booked for “suspected discipline and law violations” by the disciplinary watchdog of the CPC.
“Ji is also deputy secretary of the Nanjing municipal committee of the CPC, according to the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection,” the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.
Reports in the state media added that China's prosecutorial agencies have placed 129 senior officials under investigation for suspected corruption and bribery in the first eight months of this year, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP).
The campaign against corruption has been a high-profile under the new leadership of the CPC took over under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.
His statement that both “tigers” and “flies” – signifying senior and lower-level officials of the Party and the government – of corruption will be punished is often quoted by the state media as it was in the report about the mayor of Nanjing.
Senior officials put under “prosecutorial investigation so far this year include Liu Tienan, former vice head of the National Development and Reform Commission; Ni Fake, former vice governor of east China's Anhui Province; Wang Suyi, a Standing Committee member of the Party Committee of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region; and Li Daqiu, a senior political advisor from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.”
It quoted the SPP as saying that 30,938 people were investigated under suspicion of corruption between January and August.
“The number of cases was 3.6% higher than the same period last year while the number of people under investigation was 3.8 percent higher, and 7,080 of the cases were disclosed via tips from the public, according to the statement. A total of 18,283 cases, or 80.8 percent, were classified as serious, an increase of 5.7 percent year on year, amid intensified anti-graft efforts,” the SPP said.