Senior Shaanxi political adviser placed under graft probe

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 February, 2014, 11:18am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 February, 2014, 11:18am

Zhu Zuoli, the vice-chairman of the People’s Political Consultative Conference in the northern province of Shaanxi, has become the latest senior official to be ensnared in a nationwide corruption crackdown.

The Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) issued a brief statement on Wednesday morning announcing that Zhu, 59, was being investigated for “serious disciplinary violations”.

The statement provided no additional details, although CCDI routinely uses the phrase as a euphemism for corruption.

He was the 20th provincial senior official brought down in the new leadership’s anti-corruption campaign which was launched immediately after the 18th National Party Congress in November 2012.

Zhu, from Xiayi county in Henan province, joined the Shaanxi provincial government in 1982 after gaining a bachelor’s degree in economics at Northwest University in Xi’an city, capital of Shaanxi.

He made his way up Party ranks while working at the Shaanxi Provincial Economic and Trade Commission between 1988 and 2000. In 2005 he rose to deputy general secretary of the Shaanxi provincial party committee. One year later, he was promoted to vice-director of the Development and Reform Commission of Shaanxi Province and in 2008 he became the director, and played a key role in the Leading Group for Western Region Development.

Last January Zhu became the vice-chairman of the Shaanxi People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body. He is also a deputy of the 12th National People’s Congress.

His last official appearance was reported to be October last year, when he gave remarks at the Xi’an city Standing Committee’s democratic consultation meeting, calling for giving more attention to public opinion and taking action on social reform.