2G: Maran resigns from Union Cabinet

New Delhi: A day after he was nailed by the CBI in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed over his resignation.

Maran`s resignation came minutes after the cabinet meeting ended.

According to Times Now, Maran was the first to leave 7 Race Course Road, Prime Minister`s residence, soon after the meeting ended. He is scheduled to fly out to Chennai later this evening.

Earlier in the day, BJP leader Arun Jaitley had said that Maran had run out of options and he should quit. He further added that the Prime Minister cannot look away after the developments in connection with the 2G scam.

AIADMK too had said that there was no use expecting Maran to take responsibility and the Prime Minister should simply drop him.

On Wednesday, the CBI told the Supreme Court that its preliminary inquiry into the allegation of Sivasankaran, a serial entrepreneur known as Siva in business circles, suggested that Maran starved Aircel of new licences to bully him into selling out.