Mrs Chan said she took the decision that Mr Leung should retire early, with the advice of Secretary for Civil Service Lam Woon-kwong and Secretary for Security Peter Lai. Governor Chris Patten was kept in the picture but did not issue any directives, she said. 'He relied on my judgment as head of the civil service and I of course took into account the views of . . . Mr Lam and . . . Mr Lai, who was Mr Leung's immediate superior officer. We all agreed to initiate action under [Colonial Regulation] 59 unless Mr Leung chose to retire voluntarily.' The Chief Secretary said the decision to act against Mr Leung was based on the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation report. Independent legislator Christine Loh Kung-wai asked whether Mrs Chan had received any other reports which had caused concern about Mr Leung. Mrs Chan said: 'I have to say, from time to time, we receive allegations. 'Unless there are grounds for these allegations, we presume the officer's innocence. 'I'm not aware of any report of irregularity about Mr Leung before the ICAC report.'