A vice-president of the Supreme People's Court has been detained by party disciplinary officials over his alleged role in a Guangdong corruption scandal, Beijing court sources said. Huang Songyou, 51, also a member of the judicial committee of the Supreme People's Court, was escorted by investigators from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection offices on Wednesday afternoon and put under shuanggui, a form of party disciplinary investigation. 'He was put into a car right after attending a meeting held by the State Council, and his home and office were searched on Wednesday afternoon,' a court source said yesterday. As the deputy director, Huang oversaw the civil cases division and enforcement of supreme court decisions, two critical areas in a judicial system long dogged by a low rate of case resolution and enforcement, especially in business disputes. Another court source said at least four senior officials from the enforcement division of the Supreme People's Court were also ordered to stay in Beijing so they could help with the investigation. 'He is the most senior official in China's judicial system to have been put under shuanggui since 1949,' a jurist based in Beijing said. News of the action against Huang circulated quickly throughout the capital's legal community. Repeated calls to Supreme People's Court went unanswered. Officers of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection were also unavailable for comment yesterday, but it was widely believed that Huang was being investigated over alleged involvement in an economic scandal in Guangdong that led to the detention of senior provincial official Yang Xiancai in July for alleged corruption. Caijing magazine cited unnamed provincial sources in July as saying Yang's detention was linked to alleged corruption during enforcement of judicial decisions and could involve large sums. At the time, a lot of questions were raised as to why Yang, a provincial officer, was being investigated by national inspectors, with some observers suggesting that it could lead to probes of officials at higher levels. Many messages left on internet bulletin boards linked Yang with Huang. Huang was among the first to graduate from Southwest University of Political Science and Law after the Cultural Revolution and part of an initial generation of jurists to receive a modern education. He was also well regarded for promoting the idea of judicial interpretation of constitutional law. He worked in Guangdong's court system after graduating until 1999, when he was promoted to the Supreme People's Court as a member of a judicial committee and chief of its civil division. He has a doctorate in civil law and was promoted to deputy director in 2002. The Supreme People's Court website lists his last public appearance as last Thursday when he met Association of Southeast Asian Nations delegates in Guangxi .