Top railway official probed for graft

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 July, 2011, 12:00am


The general manager of an important rail line that is scheduled to open soon in northeastern China is reportedly being probed for corruption, becoming the fourth senior railway official to be investigated in the past month and casting another shadow on a rail sector clouded by graft scandals.

Du Houzhi, the 54-year-old head of the Harbin to Dalian railway passenger line, was dismissed at the end of last month and is under investigation, the 21st Century Business Herald reported yesterday, citing railways sources.

It quoted a source working for the railway authorities as saying Du was probably dismissed for 'economic problems' related to the tendering of the rail line's construction and procurement contracts. The source also said that 'leaders of each department involved in this railway's construction are also assisting investigators in Du's probe'.

The rail sector has seen the downfall of a number of officials since the sacking of former railways minister Liu Zhijun, who was placed under investigation for 'severe violation' of discipline in February.

Shao Liping, head of the Nanchang Railway Bureau in Jiangxi, and Lin Fenqiang, the railway chief in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, were placed under investigation last month, the Caixin Century weekly reported, while The Economic Observer reported that Ma Junfei, Hohhot's deputy railway chief, was detained by Communist Party officials last month.