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Former senior Chinese party official prosecuted for bribery
Former Communist Party of China (CPC) vice chief of southwest China's Sichuan province, Li Chuncheng, was prosecuted on Thursday for accepting bribes and abuse of power, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said in a statement.
 
The SPP has concluded its investigation and transferred the case to Xianning People's Procuratorate in the central province of Hubei, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Charges were filed with Xianning Intermediate People's Court on Thursday, according to the statement.
 
Prosecutors believe Li took advantage of his position to seek profit for others, accepted huge amounts of money and abused his power, resulting in substantial state losses.
 
Li was put under disciplinary investigation in October 2012 and the SPP started its investigation in April 2014.
 
Also in April 2014, he was removed from his public post and stripped of his membership of the CPC.
 

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Former top Chinese official indicted for corruption
Jiang Jiemin, former head of the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, has been indicted on suspicion of corruption, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) announced on Thursday.
 
The SPP has completed its investigation into Jiang and transferred his case to the Hanjiang branch of the Hubei People's Procuratorate, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. 
 
The latter filed the charges with the Hanjiang Intermediate People's Court on Thursday, according to an SPP statement.
 
Prosecutors accuse Jiang of taking bribes, abuse of power and owning property that he could not possibly have afforded on his legitimate earnings. They believe he took advantage of his posts to seek profit for others, taking a huge amount in bribes, when he worked with the China National Petroleum Corporation and PetroChina Company Limited.
 
Jiang's actions caused major losses to state assets, the statement added.
 
It did not provide any details on how the prosecution would progress.
 
Jiang was placed under investigation and removed from public office in September 2013 and stripped of his membership of the Communist Party of China in June 2014. 

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Court wants six SpiceJet aircraft grounded, airline to appeal
The Delhi High Court on Thursday ordered the civil aviation regulator to de-register six aircraft of SpiceJet for non-payment of dues to some of its lessors -- an issue which the budget carrier said is being resolved.
 
Justice Rajiv Shakdher also asked the Directorate General for Civil Aviation to decide in two weeks' time a plea by two Irish firms to export the planes.
 
The court's directives came on the pleas of leading global aircraft lessors AWAS Ireland and Wilmington Trust SP Services (Dublin). The firms sought directions to de-register the aircraft leased by them to SpiceJet, on grounds of alleged non-payment of dues.
 
"We are studying the order and if so advised, we will take the matter to higher judicial forum. Dialogues are on with the lessors and expecting to resolve the issue very soon," a spokesperson for SpiceJet told IANS.
 
The move comes even as co-founder Ajay Singh, now back at the airline's helm, intervened and paid $10 million of the dues. The airline said the remaining amount was expected to be settled soon with the lessors of the Boeing B737 planes. 
 
The order to de-register the six planes comes at a time when the airline is trying to overcome its turbulent times since last year.
 
In Singh's second innings with the airline, he and his associates bought back the 53.5-percent stake in the airline that was sold to the Marans of Chennai, who own the Sun Group.

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