China issues discipline warning after Xilai’s exit



China issues discipline warning after Xilai’s exit Zeenews Bureau

Beijing: China's Communist Party has issued a stern warning to its leaders and workers saying, no-one, no matter what rank, will enjoy any immunity over breach of discipline.

The warning from the Communit Party came hours after it expelled one of its top politician Bo Xilai from the party to face criminal charges.

Bo, the disgraced former Communist Party leader in the city of Chongqing, has been accused of misusing his power and corruption.

Besides, his wife was given a suspended death sentence for murdering a UK national.

In August, Gu Kailai was found guilty of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood in November 2011.

During the politburo meeting of the party, it was decided that Bo must face trial for covering up the role of his wife in the murder of a British businessman.

The Politburo meeting of the party headed by President Hu Jintao decided to expel Bo from the party after hearing the report of the committee which probed severe violations of discipline by him, official media here reported.

The decision came before the 18th Party Congress from November 8 that would engineer the once in a decade leadership change.

Condemning Bo, 63, regarded as an emerging hard-liner attempting to revive discarded Maoist ideology, the party slammed him saying that in all his assignments including as Commerce Minister he had inappropriate relations with women.

"The meeting also decided to transfer Bo's suspected law violations and relevant clues to judicial organs," state-run Xinhua said.

Party's decision to hand him over for trial sets at rest speculation that he would be spared by the party that sees his attempts to resurrect hard-line Maoist ideology as unfavourable. Bo headed a powerful faction within the party that was trying to revive Mao's ideals by playing up on the growing rich poor divide.

Before the scandal broke, 63-year-old Mr Bo had been a prime candidate for a top post.

With Agency Inputs