The Bombay high court on Wednesday remarked that mid-day meal schemes for children should not be commercialized. “Midday meal schemes, if properly implemented, is good, but commercializing it does not serve the purpose,“ said a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Mahesh Sonak.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Sandeep Ahire. seeking a probe into the alleged `chikki scam', and action against women and child development minister Pankaja Munde.

The petition had alleged supply of sub-standard chikkis -contaminated with clay and mud particles -to schools run by the state government. The state had subsequent ly formed a committee to look into the purchase of chikki and other products by the department in the last 15 years.

The lawyer for the contractors urged the court to order the state to refund the deposit money as tests had not shown that the chikki was of sub-standard quality .

The high court bench said that it would consider the plea of the contractors at a later stage and adjourned the case for further hearing in the month of January 2017.