Graft busters investigated rail boss

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 2009, 12:00am

A senior railway official has been investigated for corruption, the mainland's deputy graft buster has disclosed.

He Hongda, former director general of the Ministry of Railways' political department and member of the ministry's Communist Party committee, had been investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, The Beijing News reported. Qu Wanxiang, deputy head of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China, made the comments during a meeting in Beijing to discuss annual reports of the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

Mr He, 55, was appointed to the Ministry of Railways' political department in July 2003, but The Beijing News reported that he had not appeared at any public functions since late 2007. The paper said the investigation could relate to Beiya Industrial Group, an enterprise under the Harbin Railway Bureau, of which Mr He had previously been board chairman. Beiya's former chairman, Liu Guiting, and former deputy head of the Harbin bureau, Hao Xuewu, were among a number of people connected to the company, which had been investigated for corruption.

The government and Beiya made no comment.

'He Hongda no longer has anything to do with this department,' said the Railway Ministry's political department.

Li Jingrui, the reporter at The Beijing News who attended the meeting, said: 'Mr Qu did not give further details of the investigation. He did not say which department it was related to, but we all assume it was to do with Beiya. Everyone knows about this case.'