“Every time he speaks, he talks about the venom,” said a member of the Abu Dhabi branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), referring to Sudhir Chaudhary, editor-in-chief and CEO of Zee News and Wionbe invited to an event organized by the institute on November 25 and 26.
Thirty members of the Abu Dhabi branch of ICAI wrote to members of the organization’s committee on Sunday, asking them to remove Sudhir from the panel of speakers. In the letter and a meeting that followed, they accused Sudhir of “fabricating and disseminating fake news, Islamophobia and communal hatred, tampering with tapes”, and more.
However, according to the members, their request to unsubscribe from Sudhir was rejected as the committee said it was too late and they would not be able to find a replacement. Sudhir’s name is also still there on the
UAE Princess Hend Al Qassimi previously shared a screenshot of the letter from ICAI members asking to drop Sudhir, and said the anchor was dropped from the panel. She asked ICAI on Twitter why they were bringing an “intolerant,” Islamophobic and hateful terrorist “to the UAE.
However, a member of ICAI, on condition of anonymity, said: “We have tried to convince the president and vice president to drop his name because we don’t want to lower the dignity of our institute. But they said they couldn’t drop him because it was too much at the last minute, and also because they had political pressure to hold him back.
“They assured us that it wouldn’t get a lot of publicity and that it would be advertised at a low level. They also told us that they would tell him not to talk about politics or anything controversial, ”he said.
The UAE Princess did not respond to a question about ICAI’s decision to continue with the list of speakers, including Sudhir, despite the letter.
The 30 ICAI members, who wrote to the committee, said that as a “professional body of great reputation and goodwill in a foreign country,” they had a responsibility to provide a high standard of service. professionals, a cohesive atmosphere between its members. , and respect local laws and culture. The letter also cited Sudhir’s 2012 extortion case as an example of his “criminal misdeeds”. He was released on bail two weeks later. In 2018, the industrialist Naveen Jindal and his company the FIR, considered that the legal dispute was the result of a “misunderstanding”.
Organized by the Abu Dhabi Chapter of ICAI, the 33rd Annual International Seminar will be held at a hotel in Abu Dhabi. The theme of the year is’ Building Resilience – Emerge Stronger ‘and it is described as’ a spectacular event for professional and business networking, knowledge sharing on financial topics, ideas on innovation and integration, motivation and words of wisdom and much more. ”.
Besides Sudhir, the panel includes UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, ICAI President Nihar N Jambusaria, HDFC Vice President and CEO Keki Mistry, Director Manappuram Finance General and Senior Vice President Nandakumar, Film Director and Producer Shekhar Kapur, IPS Officer and Author Amit Lodha, Avenue Supermarkets President Ramesh Damani and Paralympic Medalist Bhavina Patel.
Indian journalists have already been invited to speak at the event. Editor-in-chief of AND NOW, Nikunj Dalmia, was invited last year.
Sudhir’s name only gained media attention after UAE Princess Hend Al Qassimi posted a number of tweets, sharing the ICAI letter and speaking of Sudhir “spitting venom at Muslims for leading anti-citizen protests ”and spreading“ false stories, targeting Muslim students ”. and women leading the demonstrations ”.