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Chronology of events

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.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 00:22 IST

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.