A video circulating on social media revealed Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid, parliament representative for South Henveiru constituency Hussain Shaheem (Andhun), parliament representative for Henveiru-Central constituency Ali Azim participating in a secret meeting with the High Commissioner of India to Maldives Sunjay Sudhir on a safari.
The video showed Andhun Hussain dancing in the presence of Shahid, Ali Azim, and Sunjay Sudhir while onboard a safari. A previously leaked photo also showed Minister Shahid, Andhun Hussain, and Foreign Secretary Ahmed Khaleel celebrating the new year with their wives at the residence of Sunjay Sudhir.
The video has surfaced after the Indian High Commission wrote to the government to take action against Dhiyares and the Maldives Journal for publishing a report on Deputy Indian High Commissioner Rohit Rathish. Parliament representative for Meedhoo constituency and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Independent Institutions Rozaina Adam was contacted and requested to investigate the matter.
Rozaina Adam informed local media Mihaaru that MP Andhun Hussain was under the most pressure to investigate the case.
Sunjay Sudhir meets with politicians regarding major events
The Indian Ambassador on Thursday night had met with some political figures regarding the matter. The meeting took place at VARU by Atmosphere. Sources revealed to Dhiyares that the owner of the resort, Indian businessman Salil Panigrahi funds Maldivian political figures.
Sunjay Sudhir has previously met with Maldivian politicians on several occasions. During a meeting regarding a leaked draft of the Uthuru Thila Falhu development project, a collaboration between India and Maldives, he requested the officials to contact and reprimand those who leaked the document, and media that reported the leak.
A letter from the Indian High Commission to the Foreign Ministry stated the government must take action against individuals and media outlets that are critical of India and must ensure enhanced protection of the premises of the mission and its staff. The letter has also been made public.