Tan Li, vice governor of southern China’s Hainan province, is being investigated for suspected “serious violation of discipline and law”, Beijing News reported, citing the country’s top anti-graft watchdog.
Tan, 59, served for 27 years in southwestern China’s Sichuan province before becoming the publicity chief of Hainan in March 2009.
A large number of senior officials in Sichuan province have been placed under probe since late 2012 as part of the government’s stepped-up campaign against corruption.
The Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection did not give further details on Tan’s case, but the newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that the investigation may be related to Liu Han’s case.
Liu, board chairman of the Hanlong Group, the biggest private enterprise in Sichuan and a power base of former security chief Zhou Yongkang, was sentenced to death after he was convicted of organizing and leading a criminal organization as well as murder in May.
Tan may have taken bribes from Liu during his tenure in Sichuan, according to the source.
In 2008, Tan was given the nickname “Tan Xiaoxiao” (Tan smile smile) in social media after he was seen wearing a big smile following the devastating earthquake in Sichuan. He was then party chief of Mianyang, one of the largest cities in the southwestern province.
Last week, Ji Wenlin, Tan’s colleague and also a deputy governor in Hainan, was expelled from the Communist Party for allegedly taking huge bribes and committing adultery.
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