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Volcker row: Chronology

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 21:41 IST
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Following is the chronology of events in the Volcker controversy which led to Natwar Singh's removal from the Council of Ministers.

Oct 27: Paul Volcker committee releases investigation report on alleged kick back in UN's oil-for-food programme in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime

Oct 29: Natwar Singh and Congress' name figure as a "non-contractual beneficiary" in the list. Natwar and Congress deny charges.

Oct 30: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gives clean chit to Natwar Singh. UPA constituent CPI-M demands proper probe into allegations.

Nov 2: Allegations surface against Natwar's son and Congress MLA Jagat Singh and his friend Andaleep Sehgal in connection with the alleged payoffs controversy. Jagat Singh refuses allegations.

Nov 3: Masefield AG Co deny any connection with Natwar and Jagat Singh.

Nov 4: Pressure mounts on government vis-a-vis Natwar. Government begins hectic consultations to find a way out.

Nov 4: Volcker breaks silence; says everyone named in report notified.

Nov 5: Government asks India's Permanent Representative to the UN Nirupam Sen to meet UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Paul Volcker to find out truth.

Nov 6: PM holds talks with Sonia Gandhi. Natwar meets Manmohan Singh.

Nov 6: Government appoints a special envoy to collect materials on the allegations made in the Volcker Committee report.

Nov 7: Government orders judicial probe.

Nov 7: NDA leaders meet President APJ Abdul Kalam; seek Natwar's removal.

Nov 7: Natwar meets Prime Minister. Natwar Singh made Minister without portfolio.

Nov 7: Former Chief Justice RS Pathak to head probe panel allegations against Natwar in Volcker Report.

Nov 10: Andaleeb Sehgal quizzed by ED.

Nov 11: Union cabinet approves setting up of Inquiry Authority into Volcker Committee allegations.

Nov 18: Former Indian diplomat Virender Dayal to probe Volcker report.

Dec 2: India's former envoy to Croatia Aniel Mathrani says Natwar, son in Iraq pay-offs. His remarks rock Parliament.

Dec 2: Natwar threatens legal action against Matherani. 

Dec 3: Natwar meets PM; says he will not resign.

Dec 6: Natwar resigns from cabinet.

Dec 15: ED questions Jagat Singh.

Feb 17: Natwar Singh questioned by the ED.

Feb 18: Natwar Singh questioned by the ED.

Mar 20: Justice Pathak Committee serves notices on  Natwar.

Apr 27: Natwar blasts Congress on Volcker.

May 23: No business links with Jagat: Andaleeb

June 8: UPA wants to fix me, Jagat: Natwar

Aug 3: Pathak Inquiry Authority indicts Natwar and Jagat for helping persons close to them bag Three Iraqi oil contracts.

Aug 7: The 87-page Pathak report tabled in Parliament.

Aug 8: Natwar Singh suspended from Congress; Asked to reply within two weeks to a show cause notice issued by the party.

Aug 9: Natwar attacks Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Terms him a "weak" Prime Minister.

Aug 10: Natwar holds press conference. Terms PM weak again but is soft on Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Aug 21: Natwar removed from Editorial board of Congress Magazine "Sandesh"

Aug 22: Natwar replies to Congress notice.

Sep 2: Enforcement Directorate issues notices to Natwar, Jagat and 4 others. 

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