Chikki Scam: HC Serves Notice to Pankaja

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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed notice to be issued to State Women and Child Development minister Pankaja Munde on a public interest litigation seeking action against her in the chikki scam.

The PIL filed by Sandeep Ahire wants the loss to the public exchequer to be personally recovered from her. Among the other reliefs, Ahire has also sought probe by a high-level inquiry committee headed by a retired HC judge “to look into the procurements made by the government ” to the tune of Rs 206 crore. He has also urged anti-corruption bureau inquiry.

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When the matter came up before a bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice B P Colabawalla, Ahire’s advocate said the matter concerns under-privileged children. The government’s advocate said there were no complaints from aanganwadis and parents and is based on newsreports abouts the chikkis being standard. He also said the “chief minister has personally looked into the matter.”

The judges questioned if any test was undertaken on chikkis that were distributed. The state will inform the court on July 20 if a test will be conducted by commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration.

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