Clean chit for Pankaja Munde by ACB in chikki scam

The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has awarded a clean chit to Pankaja Munde, Minister of State, Women and Child Welfare Minister, and recommended the closure of the chikki scam case.

Clean chit for Pankaja Munde by ACB in chikki scam

The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has awarded a clean chit to Pankaja Munde, Minister of State, Women and Child Welfare Minister, and recommended the closure of the chikki scam case.

ACB sources confirmed they have sent the closure report to the state government.

It was alleged that Munde’s ministry flouted norms in awarding contracts without conducting a compulsory e-tendering process – required for any deal over Rs 3 lakh – by issuing 24 government regulations in a single day, in violation of a high court order.


The opposition parties had claimed that Munde favoured select firms in awarding contracts for workbooks for students, medicines and 'chikkis'.

Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant had filed a complaint with the ACB, alleging the same.  Munde had denied all charges of corruption levelled at her and said that the funds released by the Centre would have lapsed if there would have been further delay.

The incident came to light after the Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad president wrote to Munde, complaining about the quality of food (chikki) distributed to tribal students under the Integrated Child Development Services.