CORRUPTION

State Grid Shanghai chief Feng Jun detained in corruption sweep

Party inspectors detain Feng Jun at airport in Beijing as watchdogs pursue targets in a sweeping national crackdown on corruption

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 October, 2014, 4:16am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 October, 2014, 5:32am

The head of the Shanghai unit of national electricity behemoth State Grid is under investigation, the latest in a string of officials to come under a corruption cloud since anti-graft inspectors were deployed in the city.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on its website yesterday that Feng Jun , 57, the general manager of State Grid Shanghai Municipal Electric Power, was detained in an operation overseen by the commission.

The CCDI also released reports into various administrations, taking some Heilongjiang departments to task for using taxpayers' money to set up resorts in tropical Hainan .

Feng was the general manager of State Grid's Jiangsu branch and moved to Shanghai in 2011. He was elected last year as a National People's Congress delegate and his last public appearance was on October 17 at a company meeting.

Sources within State Grid Shanghai said Feng was taken away by anti-graft investigators in Beijing on Tuesday when he was about to board a flight back to Shanghai after a meeting. They said Feng had been a low-profile figure in Shanghai and the investigation could be linked to his time in Jiangsu.

Officials in State Grid Corporation have been subject to a series of inquiries, including one launched in May by the National Audit Office into the activities of chairman Liu Zhenya . At least five senior officials from the power conglomerate have been investigated for corruption since then.

The CCDI also included Shanghai in its sweep of 10 provincial-level governments and the General Administration of Sport, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the First Automobile Works Group (FAW). That round began in July and although the results of the Shanghai probe are still pending, the CCDI has released reports on FAW and two administrative areas - Qinghai and Heilongjiang.

Investigators in Qinghai reported various irregularities in mining while inspectors in Heilongjiang said there was a disappointing lack of commitment to cracking down on graft in the province. "The high-pressure conditions needed to crack down on graft have not been formed," the Heilongjiang report said.

The report said some Heilongjiang party cadres had helped their mistresses go into business and many government departments had built resorts and training centres in Hainan.

Inspectors looking into FAW said problems identified in 2011 had not been fixed and there were some potential corruption cases in sales and distribution.

Beijing had listed more than 280 targets to be inspected within five years. So far, 47 administrations, agencies and state-owned enterprises have been checked.

Additional reporting by Daniel Ren