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China charges former Politburo member with bribery

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A former senior leader, accused of being part of a coup against Xi Jinping, has been charged with with bribery and corruption, China's top said today.

Sun Zhengcai, a former of the of the of (CPC), has been charged with bribery, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said.

The first branch of the People's Procuratorate had delivered the indictment paper to the of

Sun is also a member of previous Politburo of the ruling of (CPC) during Xi's first tenure.

The Chinese President, who is also of the CPC and military began his second five-year tenure last year, following a national of the CPC.

Sun was removed from of the of the in October last year.

Before the Congress, of the Securities Regulatory Commission Liu Shiyu had said Xi has foiled a coup plot by former political heavy weights who were at the receiving end of his high-profile anti-graft campaign.

Liu has been accused a string of disgraced cadres of plotting to capture power, Hong Kong-based Morning Post reported in October last year.

Among those who were named named was, Sun, who along with his wife were summarily removed by Xi. Both were taken away for disciplinary investigations, reported.

Sun is accused of taking advantage of his posts to seek profits for others and illegally accepted huge amounts of money and property during several positions held by him including as the Agriculture Minister, state-run agency reported.

The prosecutors have informed Sun of his litigation rights, interrogated him, and listened to his lawyer's opinions, the SPP said.

A high profile anti-corruption campaign launched by Xi which began five years ago, has led to the downfall of a number of high-level officials. Xis critics also allege that he has used the campaign against his rivals.

Since last year's several officials at or above deputy ministerial level and senior military officials have been investigated or punished, including former Chinese military Fang Fenghui, and Lu Wei, former of the of the CPC Central Committee, as well as vice governors of Shaanxi, and provinces.

Last year, nearly 450 people were probed and punished for fraudulent claims or misappropriation of funds and 730 million yuan of misused funds recouped, the Xinhua report said.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:15 IST