China Mobile

Missing official 'being questioned'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 March, 2011, 12:00am

A top official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology who has failed to turn up to work for several days is under investigation for corruption, a Beijing-based news agency reported yesterday.

Su Jinsheng, the ministry's chief engineer and former head of state-owned telecom giant China Mobile, has been detained for questioning, said Caixin Media, citing an anonymous insider.

Su has been absent from work for several days and did not show up for a meeting on Monday, the insider said. It is still not clear why Su is being investigated. A source from a telecom operator was quoted as saying that he might have been involved in China Mobile's corruption case, which came to light at the end of 2009.

A number of the company's officials were involved in the case, including heads of its branches in Chongqing and Sichuan, as well as its former Communist Party chief and deputy manager Zhang Chunjiang. Zhang was removed from his position after being found guilty of taking bribes. Some mainland media billed his downfall as the biggest corruption case in the telecom industry in the history of the People's Republic.

Su's online profile shows he has been in the telecom industry since the 1990s. He was acting party chief of China Mobile in 1999, when the company was founded. He became head of the state-owned company the following year, and his current position as chief engineer at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology started from April 2009.

The last time that Su appeared in public was on March 11, when he led employees on a visit to the ministry's Electronic Technology Information Research Institute, according to Caixin.

The report added that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has almost finished investigations into the China Mobile case, but the case has yet to be brought to court.

Investigations into related telecom operators are still continuing, Caixin said.