Lost case file in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows how se­ri­ously it is be­ing treated

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

the top dis­ci­plinary, su­per­vi­sory, procu­ra­torate and pub­lic se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties started a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tion that the supreme court lost case doc­u­ments re­lated to a coal mine dis­pute, which was ex­posed late last month. Bei­jing News com­ments:

ON TUESDAY,

At first, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court de­nied the ev­i­dence, say­ing the al­le­ga­tion was a ru­mor with­out any ev­i­dence to back it up. How­ever, just two days af­ter it de­nied the charge, the top ju­di­cial au­thor­ity, which has rarely been in the eye of a pub­lic opin­ion storm as a de­fen­dant, an­nounced it had ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case, pro­vid­ing tacit con­fir­ma­tion of the loss of the doc­u­ments.

Re­port­edly, the miss­ing le­gal doc­u­ments all re­late to the sec­ond hear­ing of a coal mine ex­ploita­tion rights dis­pute be­tween the State-owned Xi’an Ge­o­log­i­cal Min­eral Ex­ploita­tion and Devel­op­ment In­sti­tute and a pri­vate com­pany in Yulin, Shaanxi prov­ince. The coal mine has coal re­serves of about 1.9 bil­lion tons, worth about 380 bil­lion yuan ($56 bil­lion).

Ap­par­ently, the joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team is in a bet­ter po­si­tion to look into how the files went miss­ing than the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court it­self.

In­ter­est­ingly, the loss of the files has caught far more at­ten­tion than the ac­tual coal mine dis­pute, which has been go­ing on for more than a decade,

as the peo­ple be­lieve the miss­ing doc­u­ments are clues to track down some cor­rupt el­e­ments in ei­ther the supreme court or Shaanxi prov­ince.

As the top ju­di­cial au­thor­ity, the supreme court has acted as the last line of de­fense for jus­tice many times. It is hard to imag­ine how da­m­ag­ing it would be for the im­age of the supreme court, if not the whole coun­try, if some dirty deal­ings were un­cov­ered in it.

The fact that it is a post on so­cial me­dia that blew the whis­tle on the loss of the doc­u­ments has al­ready laid bare the fail­ure of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court’s self-su­per­vi­sion sys­tem. And the court’s first re­ac­tion to is­sue a hasty de­nial has poured oil on the flames of pub­lic sus­pi­cions.

It is no­tice­able that the or­ga­nizer of the joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion team this time is the Com­mis­sion for Po­lit­i­cal and Le­gal Af­fairs of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the top ad­min­is­tra­tive func­tional depart­ment di­rectly un­der the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, which con­veys the Party’s re­solve to re­veal the truth and re­build the peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in le­gal jus­tice.

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