2G scam: A chronology

February 2nd, 2012 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Following is the chronology of events leading to the Supreme Court order cancelling 122 telecom licenses given out during the tenure of former communications minister A. Raja

Nov 29, 2008: Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy meets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking sanction to prosecute Raja under the Prevention of Corruption Act

May 4, 2009: Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) receives complaints on irregularities in spectrum allocation to Loop Telecom

May 2010: NGO Centre for Public Interest litigation (CPIL) moves Delhi High Court seeking CBI probe into scam

Sep 13, 2010: Supreme Court asks Raja and central government to respond within 10 days to three petitions of CPIL and others on allegation there was a Rs.70,000 crore scam

Sep 24, 10: Swamy goes to SC seeking direction to the PM to sanction Raja’s prosecution

Oct 8, 10: SC seeks government’s response on CAG’s report on the scam

Oct 29, 10: CBI pulled up by SC for its slow probe in the scam

Nov 10, 10: CAG pegs loss to exchequer at Rs.1.76 lakh crore

Nov 11, 10: DoT questions CAG’s authority to question policy decision on 2G licences in SC by filing an affidavit

Nov 14, 10: Raja resigns from the post of Telecom Minister

Nov 20, 10: Rejecting charge of inaction on Swamy’s complaint, PM files affidavit in SC

Nov 25, 10: CBI pulled down by SC for not questioning Raja

Dec 2, 10: SC comes down heavily on Raja for bypassing PM’s advice to put off allocation of 2G spectrum by a few days

Dec 8, 10: SC favours probe into spectrum allocation since 2001 when first-come-first-served was the norm for spectrum allocation

Dec 8, 10: SC orders setting up of a special court to look into 2G scam

Feb 2 2011: Raja arrested

Sep 15, 11: Swamy goes to CBI court seeking Chidambaram to be made a co-accused

Sep 22, 11: CBI blames telecom department and defends Chidambaram in SC

Oct 10, 11: SC reserves order on Swamy’s plea for a probe into the alleged role of Chidambaram in the 2G scam

Oct 22, 11: Special CBI court frames charges against all 17 accused including Raja

Nov, 11: Except Raja and Behura, 12 others get bail

Dec 12, 11: CBI submits third charge sheet including names of Essar promoters Anshuman, Ravi Ruia, Essar Group director strategy and planning Vikas Saraf, Loop Telecom promoters Kiran Khaitan and her husband I.P. Khaitan as accused

Loop Telecom Pvt Ltd, Loop Mobile India Ltd and Essar Tele Holding also recognised as accused

Jan 31, 12: SC accepts Swamy’s petition against the PMO says filing complaint under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right

Feb 2: Supreme Court orders cancellation of 122 licenses given in 2008, gives companies four months to cease operations

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