The new leadership's campaign against corruption has claimed another local senior official.
Ma Lin, former deputy head of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region forestry administration, has been expelled from the party and removed from his administrative post for bribery, Xinhua reported yesterday.
It said Ma had "taken advantage of his post and accepted bribes" and that the region's commission of discipline inspection was conducting an inquiry.
"[Ma's] gains from disciplinary violations have been confiscated and he has been handed to judiciary bodies for criminal investigation," the report said.
Ma, 52, has served as secretary of the Yinchuan Youth League Committee, head of the general office of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region Youth League and deputy party secretary of Guyuan county.
He was promoted to deputy party secretary of Yuanzhou district of Guyuan city in 2002 and in 2006 became deputy head of the forestry administration.
Ma's fall from grace comes amid a string of investigations into official corruption after the new party leadership pledged tougher measures against graft at the 18th party congress.
Several of the recent sackings of high-ranking officials have come after the public made claims against them online.
Zhang Xin , deputy chief of the Hangzhou housing management bureau in Zhejiang province, was put under investigation last week by the party's anti-graft watchdog for "taking advantage of his position and making personal gains".
Earlier this month Li Chuncheng , deputy party secretary of Sichuan , was put under investigation for serious party discipline violations.