Following is the chronology of events in the Volcker controversy leading to the suspension of K Natwar Singh from the primary membership of Congress party on Tuesday night.
Oct 27: Paul Volcker committee releases investigation report on alleged kickbacks in UN's Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime.
Oct 29: Natwar Singh and Congress's name figure as a "non-contractual beneficiary" in the list, media reports.
Oct 29: Natwar and Congress deny charges.
Oct 29: Opposition BJP demands Singh's resignation,
Oct 30: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gives clean chit to Natwar Singh.
Oct 30: Key UPA constituent CPI-M demands proper probe into allegations.
Oct 31: Natwar says he is ready to face probe.
Nov 01: Natwar refuses to resign from Union Cabinet.
Nov 02: Allegations surface against Natwar's son and Congress MLA Jagat Singh and his businessman-friend Andaleep Sehgal in connection with the alleged payoffs controversy.
Nov 2: Jagat Singh refuses allegations.
Nov 3: BJP writes to the Prime Minister, asks him to drop Natwar and seeks investigation into the episode.
Nov 03: Government hints at ordering probe.
Nov 03: Masefield AG Co deny any connection with Natwar, Jagat Singh.
Nov '04: Pressure mounts of Natwar, government begins hectic consultations to find a way out.