A former senior party official in Jiangsu province has been stripped of his party membership and official posts after allegedly taking more than 4.6 million yuan in bribes. The decision to remove Xu Guojian , former head of the provincial organisation department, from party and public offices was handed down by the Central Committee for Discipline Inspection and announced at a Jiangsu party committee meeting on Monday. His case would be handed to the judicial authorities for further investigation, Xinhua reported. The news agency said the committee had censured Xu, who had been a strong proponent of clean government and self-discipline among cadres. Apart from the 4.6 million yuan, he is also alleged to have taken US$8,000 and another sum of 100,000 yuan in bribes. Xu, a Standing Committee member of the provincial National People's Congress, was removed from his post on the national legislature and as organisation head in June after anti-graft investigators found wads of bills in a huge fridge in his apartment. He was said to have been soliciting about 100 million yuan from lower-ranking officials seeking promotion, and sources told the South China Morning Post that investigators had found about 15 million yuan in his apartment. Xu is the most senior party official to be caught allegedly putting 'price tags' on positions and selling them to the highest bidder. His arrest has shocked the central government and cast a cloud over many senior provincial officials promoted during his tenure as head of the provincial organisation department. Also on Monday, the deputy secretary-general of the Hunan provincial government, Wang Daosheng , went on trial for allegedly abusing his powers and misappropriating public funds to buy enterprises declared bankrupt. Wang, 57, is said to have received a total of 4 million yuan in bribes with son Wang Jian and wife Xiang Ju . Separately, the Hainan Intermediate People's Court handed down an 11-year jail term to Lou Xiaoping , the former deputy head of the provincial Higher People's Court, for taking bribes and failing to account for almost 1 million yuan worth of assets, Xinhuanet reports. Auditor-General Li Jinhua revealed yesterday that 24,000 officials had been audited by his office in the past four years - with 1,232 officials being removed from office between 2000 and the first half of this year.