Ling Jihua was degraded in 2012 after reports that his son had died crashing his Ferrari sports car in Beijing.
The Global Times describes the case as "another milestone in China's rule of law".
"Mr Ling's fall sends a strong signal to the public that the anti-graft endeavor will be a long-running undertaking. No matter how powerful or high-ranking a government official is, there is no chance they will find immunity from the punishment they deserve," says the daily.
The article also hints that Mr Ling might be involved in "family corruption", where one uses connections to help family members and relatives to gain wealth. It is very likely that Mr Ling also used his power to help his family cover up their dirty deeds," it says.
Li Chengyan, an expert on public governance at Peking University, tells the Chinese edition of the paper that the fall of Mr Ling is a "signal" that the anti-graft effort will not be stopped.
Also commending the anti-graft effort, an article in the Eastday Net calls for a more comprehensive anti-graft system to "eliminate corruption at its roots".
"Under such a system, the law will be above everybody, and everything will be transparent and fair," says the article.
The Legal Daily agrees that the lack of regulations and transparency are some of the reasons that have allowed "family corruption" to take place.