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China punishes 159,100 people for corruption, indiscipline during 2017

Around $151 million of illicit money has been recovered in the process

IANS  |  Beijing 

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punished a total of 159,100 people for corruption and indiscipline during 2017, the country's top body has said.

Of the 122,100 cases, 48,700 were related to in work, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.

has over the years massively cracked down on graft, with the dreaded body nabbing country's top officials for wrongdoings.

Last year, Sun Zhengcai, China's top politician and dubbed as Chinese President potential successor, was arrested on

According to Xinhua news agency, some 61,000 officials were punished for violating the Party's eight-point frugality code from January to November last year in 43,400 cases.

Moreover, since the start of 2017, a total of 1,300 fugitives have returned to China, including 347 party members and state functionaries, as well as 14 who are on the list of 100 "red notice" suspects.

Around 980 million yuan ($151 million) of has been recovered in the process.

also held more than 50 consultations with foreign law enforcement departments in 2017 on major cases involving fugitives and illicit money, according to CCDI.

At least 18 centrally-administered officials have been investigated and nearly 40 have been punished since 2017, it said.

The anti-drive is Xi's centrepiece of his policy ever since he took power in 2013.

At the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi said the body will tighten its noose around the wrongdoers.

First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 21:26 IST