Chronology-Telecom scam

Chronology-Telecom scam

May, 2007: A Raja takes over as Telecom Minister.

Aug, 2007: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) initiates process of allotment of 2G spectrum for telecom along with Universal Access Service (UAS) Licences.

Nov 2, 2007: The Prime Minister writes to Raja directing him to ensure allotment of 2G spectrum in a fair and transparent manner and to ensure that licence fee was properly revised. Raja writes back to the Prime Minister rejecting many of his recommendations.
2009: CVC directs CBI to investigate the irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum.

Oct 21, 2009: CBI registers a case and files an FIR against "unknown officers" of DoT and unknown private persons/companies under various provisions of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

May 6, 2010: Telephonic conversation between Raja and Niira Radia made public by the media.

Sept 13, 2010: SC asks government, Raja to reply within 10 days to three petitions filed by an NGO and others alleging there was a Rs 70,000 crore scam in the grant of telecom licences in 2008.

Nov 10, 2010: CAG submits report on 2G spectrum to government stating loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to exchequer.

Nov 14, 2010: Raja resigns as Telecom Minister

Nov 25, 2010: SC ticks off CBI for not questioning Raja.

Dec 1, 2010: SC directs original tapes containing conversation between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others be handed over to it.

Dec 2, 2010: Government places recorded tapes in the SC.

Dec 8, 2010: SC asks Centre to consider setting up of a special court to try 2G spectrum scam case.

Feb 2, 2011: Raja, former Telecom Secretary Siddartha Behura and Raja's former Personal Secretary R K Chandolia arrested. They were remanded in CBI custody next day.

Feb 8, 2011: Shahid Usman Balwa, promoter of Swan Telecom, arrested by CBI.

Feb 17, 2011: Raja sent to Tihar Jail under judicial custody.

Feb 18, 2011: Balwa sent to judicial custody.

Mar 14, 2011: The Delhi High Court sets up special court to deal exclusively with 2G cases.

Mar 29, 2011: Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal arrested.

Apr 2, 2011: CBI files its first charge sheet.

Apr 25, 2011: CBI files second charge sheet and court issues summons to Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar and Karim Morani taking congizance of the charge sheet.

May 6, 2011: Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar files bail pleas while Morani sought exemption from appearance.

May 20, 2011: Court rejects bail pleas of Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar, and orders their forthwith arrest.

June 20, 2011: SC rejects Kanimozhi's bail plea

July 25, 2011: Arguments on charge begins.

Oct 9, 2011: CBI files FIR against Dayanidhi Maran and his brother.

Oct 22, 2011: Court put on trial all 17 accused.

Nov 3, 2011 : Trial court rejects bail plea of Kanimozhi and seven others.

Nov 5, 2011 : Kanimozhi and others moves bail in Delhi High Court.

Nov 23, 2011: SC grants bail to five corporate honchos -- Sanjay Chandra, Vinod Goenka, Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara.

Nov 28, 2011: Delhi High Court grants bail to Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar, Karim Morani, Asif Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal. Reserved bail plea of Siddharth Behura.