11 August 2013.
Liu Tienan, formerly Deputy Head of the National Development and Reform Commission, has been expelled from communist party and removed from public office. According to BBC reports, he is said to have sought benefits to his relatives business and taken large bribes.
Luo Changping, Deputy Editor of the respected Caijing Magazine had leveled allegations against him in December last year. He alleged that Liu Tienan had engaged in questionable financial deals, fabricated his academic records and threatened to kill his former mistress.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection is said to be investigating serious disciplinary violations. The move comes amid a high-profile crackdown on corruption announced by President Xi Jinping. However, censorship is strictly enforced by the authorities and any news of allegations against senior officials are suppressed unless they are officially approved.