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CBI officials carry a box to a court in New Delhi containing documents related to the 2G spectrum case - Reuters
CBI officials carry a box to a court in New Delhi containing documents related to the 2G spectrum case - Reuters.

The 2G telecom case took another turn Thursday with second DMK minister Dayanidhi Maran resigning from the union cabinet over his involvement in what is billed one of the biggest scams in India. A timeline of the case:

- Oct 22, 2009: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) files a first information report (FIR) against unidentified officials of the department of telecommunications on the 2G spectrum (airwaves) auction, based on a reference from the Central Vigilance Commission.
- November first week, 2010: Media publishes contents of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the 2G spectrum auction. The CAG said the public exchequer suffered a notional loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore ($40 billion) due to faulty auction procedure under the then communications minister Andimuthu Raja in 2008.
- Nov 9, 2010: Protests start by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the Left and other parties, which demand a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the spectrum scandal which washed away the five-week winter session of parliament.
- Nov 14, 2010: Raja submits his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Claims he did no wrong.


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