BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Zhang Jinghua, former deputy secretary of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was expelled from the CPC and removed from public office over serious violations of Party discipline and laws.
The punishment was announced by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, China's top anti-graft body, in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement said the authorities had carried out an investigation of Zhang's case and found that he had been disloyal and dishonest to the Party and refused to cooperate in the investigation.
The statement also accused Zhang of conducting superstitious activities and violating the eight-point code on Party and government conduct by accepting others' money and gifts.
In addition, he failed to report his personal information as required and had sought benefits for others in selection and appointment of officials.
The statement accused Zhang of having a distorted view of official performance, saying that he had faked economic figures for personal promotion and meddled in market activities in violation of relevant rules.
The investigation found that Zhang had conducted power-for-money trades, taking advantage of his posts to seek benefits for others in terms of business operation and project contracting, and accepting a huge amount of money and gifts in return.
The statement said Zhang had severely violated the Party's political discipline and rules as well as the Party's code of conduct in organization, clean governance, work and life. His misconduct constituted serious duty-related offenses, and he is suspected of receiving bribes, it said, adding that he showed no signs of restraint even after the 18th CPC National Congress.
The authorities said his illegal gains should be confiscated and his case will be transferred to a procuratorial agency.
The decision to expel him from the CPC will be put before a plenary meeting of the CPC Central Committee for its endorsement. ■