Celebrity blogger and prominent former television host Cui Yongyuan briefly reappeared on China’s social media network on Friday, a week after he was named by a disgraced Supreme Court judge for allegedly helping him to lie about the disappearance of legal documents in a property dispute. Cui, who helped found the Oral History Research Centre of Communications University of China, posted brief comments on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, about the start of the new term. The university also published a press release saying Cui had given a presentation during a visit to the centre by the university’s Communist Party secretary on Thursday. However, both the Weibo post and the press release were deleted by Friday afternoon. Shock confession of China’s whistle-blower judge Wang Linqing: It was me Last week, Wang Linqing, a Supreme People’s Court judge, made a shock confession on national television admitting that he had made up the missing documents scandal to stop other judges from taking over his cases and claiming credit. Wang also confessed that Cui helped him by producing a video about the scandal and posting it online. Wang is now under investigation for leaking state secrets. The unexpected revelation by the judge led to speculation that Cui would also be held responsible for his role in the scandal, which centred on an ownership dispute over a mine in Shaanxi province, northwest China. China’s supreme court forced to admit it lost documents in long-running contract dispute Businessman Zhao Faqi, head of private mining firm Kechley Energy Investment, took the state-owned Xian Institute of Geological and Mineral Exploration to court in 2006 for violating his ownership rights and eventually won the case in 2017. However, in December last year Cui revealed the documents relating to the case had disappeared and a video recording emerged which appeared to show Wang, the presiding judge in the case, claiming the documents had disappeared from his office and alleging high-level corruption. Wang’s allegations caused an outcry in China, at a time when the country’s top state leaders, including President Xi Jinping, have repeatedly tried to shore up confidence in the hard-hit private sector. Cui gained national fame last year when he blew the whistle over Fan Bingbing, China’s highest paid movie star, for tax evasion. The superstar was later ordered to pay US$130 million in fines.