Liu Tienan, a former deputy chief of China’s top economic planning body, has been charged with taking bribes, China News Service reported Monday.
The Langfang City People’s Procuratorate in Hebei province filed the charge against Liu with the Langfang Intermediate People’s Court, the report said. Liu is the first ministerial-level official to be investigated since Xi Jinping became president in late 2012.
Liu, a former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, was stripped of his post in May last year for allegedly abusing his position, taking bribes and serious disciplinary violations, according to the procuratorate’s indictment.
The procuratorate accused Liu of being morally degenerate, saying he broke regulations to benefit for his relatives’ businesses and accepted “an extremely large amount of cash and gifts”.
Liu was the deputy director of the National Energy Administration, the nation’s energy regulatory body and also the deputy director of the NDRC. His career includes various leadership positions for NDRC agencies. He joined the Communist Party in 1976, and has a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in engineering.
His downfall came after Luo Changping, deputy editor-in-chief of Caijing magazine, wrote on his microblog that Liu was involved in illegal activities.
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