Director alleged to have taken payoffs from developers A senior Shanghai property official has been detained on suspicion of accepting bribes in return for land approvals, a mainland newspaper reported yesterday amid a crackdown on corruption in the wake of the city's pension fund scandal. Zhu Wenjin, director of the Shanghai Housing and Land Administration's land use management section, was detained last Friday night, the 21st Century Business Herald reported. Mr Zhu, 57, held power over land-use rights, leasing and other transactions. He had income he could not account for, suspected to be payoffs from property developers in return for land approvals, a government source was quoted as saying. Property industry officials said the detention was the first of several expected in the real estate sector as part of the fallout from the pension fund scandal. The city government and the administration declined to comment on the report. Shanghai authorities have ordered the local media not to report on the scandal, suspended regular news conferences and recently barred foreign media from an event attended by the city's mayor, Han Zheng . Mr Zhu, a veteran official, had been isolated to assist the investigation, the newspaper said, though it made no link to the case involving mismanagement of the city's 10-billion-yuan social security fund. Several government officials and business executives have been implicated in the pension fund case, including the city's top leader, former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu , who was sacked at the end of September. Money from the pension fund was diverted to individuals, companies and projects, including property development. Among the reasons for Mr Chen's downfall is believed to be his opposition to central government attempts to slow the property market, since he, friends and relatives were benefiting from rising prices. The latest detention proves wrong speculation that the crackdown on corruption in Shanghai is winding down. The campaign is widely seen as an attempt by President Hu Jintao to strengthen his grip over the city, a rival power centre. One of the companies at the centre of the case, Shanghai Electric Group, was selling its stake in a property company which developed the K. Wah Centre office building, in co-operation with the Hong Kong company of the same name, the Oriental Morning Post said yesterday. It is rumoured that Shanghai Electric is trying to raise capital to pay back money illegally borrowed from the pension fund. At least five of the group's executives are under investigation. Questions over Shanghai's land sales emerged in 2003, when residents accused local officials of corruption in relation to a project by now-disgraced developer Chau Ching-ngai. But no officials were removed at the time and the lawyer who advised them in a lawsuit was jailed for contacting a human rights group.