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Regulatory panel head faces corruption charges in China

China has opened investigations against the chief of the country's state-owned assets regulatory commission in the latest high-profile case of anti-graft inquiries.

world Updated: Sep 01, 2013 23:13 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

China has opened investigations against the chief of the country's state-owned assets regulatory commission in the latest high-profile case of anti-graft inquiries.

Jiang Jiemin, former general manager of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), has been accused of serious disciplinary violations.

"...the CPC (Communist Party of China) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) that, Jiang Jiemin, head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, is being investigated over suspected serious disciplinary violations," a brief statement in state media said on Sunday.

No other details were given by the state media.

Jiang’s is the latest in a series of high-profile officials who have been placed under investigation on corruption charges.

Last week, a court in eastern China completed the trial of former CPC Politburo member, Bo Xilai, who was charged with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. Bo is awaiting sentencing in the case.

Till March this year, Jiang was the head of CNPC, which now has a number of top officials under investigations.

Last week, four senior executives of CNPC, which is Asia’s largest oil and gas producer, were removed for "serious violations of discipline".

The CNPC's Communist Party of China (CPC) committee said the four were relieved of Party-related posts and corporate administrative posts, and their job titles with the CNPC's joint-stock and listed subsidiaries will be removed following due procedures.

In fact, it was the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission on which had confirmed that the four were under investigation.

China's new leadership has widened its crackdown on corruption, netting a number of high-ranking and low-ranking officials over suspected legal and disciplinary violations, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

It added that in early July, former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death penalty for bribery and abuse of power, making him the highest-ranking official sentenced for such offenses since the country's new leaders took office in March.

The extending list also includes Liu Tienan, former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, who is being probed for bribe-taking, and Li Chuncheng, former vice secretary of the CPC Committee of Sichuan Province, who was sacked in December over suspected "serious disciplinary violations."