Ripples of China’s anti-corruption campaign are being felt in the upper echelons of the nation’s top political advisory body with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) stripping a vice chairman of his post and booting him from the body, Xinhua reported Wednesday.
The announcement comes just 11 days after the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said it was investigating CPPCC vice chairman Su Rong for serious breaches of the law, generally a reference to graft.
Su is the most senior official to come under investigation since the party’s anti-corruption campaign started after its 18th congress in November 2012.
Su was party chief in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, then Jiangxi party head from 2008 until March last year, when he was elevated to the national leadership.
Su’s downfall has its roots in his time in Jiangxi.
Zhou Jianhua, the expelled former chairman of the Xinyu Municipal People’s Congress in Jiangxi, told the graft watchdog that Su’s wife helped a local property developer buy the rights to a premium site at a big discount, according to media reports.
Zhou also reported Su several times to discipline inspectors for alleged “severe corruption” from 2011.
Zhou came under investigation himself and was handed a suspended death sentence in January for taking more than 14 million yuan (US$2.27 million) in bribes. Zhou claimed he was set up by Su for blowing the whistle on his wife.
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