Shanghai -- China has named a former Supreme Court vice president
to be Shanghai's anti-graft chief, following a corruption scandal that toppled
the city's top leader.
A city government spokeswoman, who refused to give her name, confirmed
52-year-old Shen Deyong's appointment as the secretary for the city's Commission
for Discipline Inspection in a phone call Tuesday, though she said she was
unsure when it had taken place.
Shanghai's top leader, Communist Party secretary Chen Liangyu, was dismissed
in September amid scandals that city officials allowed US$400
million in government-held pension funds to be illicitly invested in
potentially risky real estate and toll road projects.
Top city government and party officials are among dozens of people reportedly
implicated in the scandal.
Chen's replacement as party secretary has not yet been named, although Mayor
Han Zheng has been standing in as acting party secretary.
Shen's predecessor as secretary for Shanghai's Commission for Discipline
Inspection was Luo Shiqian, who remains as a deputy party secretary for the
In a visit to the headquarters for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Shen urged
officials to do more to prevent and punish corruption, the Shanghai Daily
Apart from his position in the Supreme Court, Shen was also a member of the
Standing Committee of the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
Investigators from that agency have continued their probe into the pension
funds scandal, operating from a downtown hotel.