INTERPOL president Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France, on 8 May 2018. Reuters File PhotoChina has formally arrested former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes, prosecutors announced Wednesday, as he faces possible corruption charges.In a remarkable fall from grace, Meng — who had also served as vice minister of public security — vanished last September during a visit to China from France, where Interpol is based, and was later accused of accepting bribes.Prosecutors “decided to arrest Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes,” the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in a brief statement.It added that the case is being “further processed”, an indication that he could soon be charged.Meng has been expelled from the Communist Party and his official positions, as the powerful Public Security Ministry sought to distance itself from him.The ministry said last month that Meng’s “poisonous influence” had to be “thoroughly eliminated”, and that it was investigating other party cadres involved in Meng’s case.Meng is part of a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in president Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign, which critics say has served as a way to remove the leader’s political enemies.Over one million officials have been punished so far during Xi’s six-year tenure.
Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Working President J.P. Nadda on Sunday discussed with the party’s Telangana leaders the strategy to be adopted in the ensuing elections to urban local bodies in the state. On his maiden visit to Telangana after taking over the party post, he exhorted the party leaders to work together with those joining the BJP from other outfits. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us According to BJP sources, Nadda gave broad guidelines to the party leaders to strengthen the organisation in the state ahead of the local bodies elections. He asked state BJP chief K. Laxman and other leaders to ensure proper coordination at all levels. The meeting discussed the steps required to make the party strong in all the districts. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Nadda will participate in a membership drive and address a public meeting in Hyderabad later on Sunday. Several leaders from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other parties are expected to formally join the BJP at the public meeting. Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy, the three other party MPs from the state and other senior leaders attended the meeting with Nadda. Advertise With Us Nadda’s visit is part of BJP’s attempts to strengthen itself in the state and project the party as an alternative to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The BJP’s morale is high after winning four Lok Sabha seats in the state. The party not only retained Secunderabad seat but also wrested three seats from the TRS. BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited Hyderabad last month to launch the membership campaign. Laxman has already announced that the BJP President will visit Telangana every month as part of the party’s plans to strengthen itself. He is confident that the BJP will come to power in Telangana in 2023 Assembly polls.