The brother-in-law of Ling Jihua, the disgraced former chief of staff of former president Hu Jintao, has been removed from his post as a vice-mayor in Shanxi province. Wang Jiankang, 60, one of five deputy mayors of Yuncheng in Shanxi, was removed from office on Tuesday after a municipal legislative meeting voted through the decision, according to the city’s official news website. Wang’s removal came after he was taken away as part of a corruption investigation for a second time in July. He disappeared from the public’s sight for about 20 days until his name was mentioned again in a local newspaper at the end of the month. A report by online portal NetEase said the investigation could be related to the alleged misuse of a 100 million yuan (HK$126 million) provincial fund, but added it was not confirmed whether he was assisting the investigation or was the target. The first time he was taken into custody as part of a graft probe was last summer, after it was announced that his other brother-in-law, Ling Zhengce – the elder brother of Ling Jihua – was being investigated. He was detained for more than 50 days and released in late August. Ling Jihua, once a rising star within the Communist Party, was expelled in July and would be criminally prosecuted on corruption charges, the authorities said at the time. An investigation found evidence that he had violated “political rules” and organisational discipline and failed to protect the secrets of the party, Xinhua reported in July. He also allegedly took large bribes and sought profits for his close allies, the news agency said. His elder brother, Ling Zhengce, 63, a former vice chairman of Shanxi province’s political advisory body, was also expelled from the party for alleged graft in August. The Ling family was allegedly the core of the “Shanxi gang”, a name given by state media to describe a faction of the party formed by cadres with links to the energy-resources-rich province. Seven provincial level cadres and dozens of lower-level officials from the province have been detained in graft probes. The youngest brother of Ling Zhengce, Ling Wancheng, is a businessman and has fled to the United States, according to The New York Times and the mainland media outlet Caixin .