Following is the chronology of events leading to the pronouncement of opinion by the Supreme Court today on the issue of allocation of natural resources arising out of the 2G spectrum judgement.
*Feb 2, 2012: Supreme Court cancels 122 licences granted during former Telecom Minister A Raja’s tenure and directs auctioning of radio waves by holding first-come-first-served policy as flawed.
*Mar 1: The Government moves Supreme Court seeking review of 2G verdict holding auction as the only mode of allocation of natural resources. Private telecom companies also join the Government.
*Mar 16: Supreme Court sets up special bench to deal with 2G cases.
*Apr 3: Supreme Court takes up review petitions in 2G case.
*Apr 4: Supreme Court dismisses all review petitions on the issue of mode of allocation of natural resources.
*Apr 10: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, clears the Telecom Ministry’s proposal to seek Supreme Court’s opinion through Presidential Reference on issues arising out of the February 2 judgement on allocation of natural resources.
*Apr 12: Presidential reference filed in Supreme Court.
*Apr 13: Supreme Court admits government’s review plea.
*May 10: Supreme Court allows the Centre to withdraw its review plea on 2G verdict.
*May 11: The apex court decides to hear the Centre’s Presidential Reference from Jul 10.
*Jul 10: Supreme Court commences hearing on Presidential Reference.
*Aug 16: Supreme Court reserves opinion on Presidential Reference.
*Sep 27: Supreme Court says auction cannot be only route for allocation of natural resources.