Chinese Railway Minister sacked from top party post



Chinese Railway Minister sacked from top party post Beijing: China’s long-standing Railway Minister Liu Zhijun was on Saturday sacked from a key party post following investigations over "severe violation of discipline", a media report said today.

58-year-old Liu, who was appointed as the Minister for Railways in 2003, is under investigation over allegations of severe violation of discipline, said Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party of China's discipline watchdog.

He has been removed from the post of the ministry's party chief, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee said.

However, it is not clear yet whether he would continue as Railway Minister.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the ruling Communist Party of China did not provide further details, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

In recent years, China's railway has embarked on a massive development of railway infrastructure, including the establishment elaborate network of high speed network.

It has built the network linking the remote Tibet with the mainland China.

Liu is the second top official to face probe in the last few days. The Communist Party chief in south China's Guangdong province has also been detained and is being investigated for corruption.

The provincial people's procuratorate started quizzing Luo Yinguo, party chief of Maoming city, for corruption charges.

The CPC, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, has made anti-corruption campaign a major policy initiative. Several top officials have been indicted last year, some even given suspended death sentences.

PTI