Dr Ranj Singh has criticised a

Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins has been revealed as the guest presenter accused of telling a ‘racist’ joke at the British Curry Awards. 

The businessman came under fire from TV doctor Ranj Singh after telling the joke: ‘Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.’

He sold the famous plumbing empire in 2021 and his son remains chief exec with a 10% holding. 

Mullins said this afternoon in a statement to MailOnline: ‘I was really honoured to be a guest at the British Curry Awards, and had a wonderful evening with a bunch of like-minded hard-working entrepreneurs doing good work for charity. I didn’t mean to cause offence with anything I said and if I did I very much regret that.

‘I had a great time, and I know we raised loads of money for some very good causes.’

Dr Ranj Singh has criticised a 'racist' joke at the British Curry Awards which saw a 'white guest presenter' say, 'Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it'

Dr Ranj Singh has criticised a 'racist' joke at the British Curry Awards which saw a 'white guest presenter' say, 'Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it'

Dr Ranj Singh has criticised a ‘racist’ joke at the British Curry Awards which saw a ‘white guest presenter’ say, ‘Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it’

Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins (pictured) was revealed as the guest presenter accused of telling a 'racist' joke at the British Curry Awards

Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins (pictured) was revealed as the guest presenter accused of telling a 'racist' joke at the British Curry Awards

Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins (pictured) was revealed as the guest presenter accused of telling a ‘racist’ joke at the British Curry Awards

Dr Ranj, 43 – who said he was ‘paraphrasing slightly’ – also blasted the decision to employ comedian Hugh Dennis as the main host together with an ‘all-white judging panel’ and ’90 per cent white performers’.

In addition, the This Morning presenter hit out at organisers for auctioning a work by Winston Churchill due to his ‘problematic’ relationship with Indian people and Bengalis ‘in particular’. 

Critics of the legendary wartime Prime Minister blame his policies for causing the Bengal famine of 1943, which killed up to four million people. He also once described Indians as a ‘beastly people with a beastly religion’. 

Comedian Hugh Dennis hosted the annual awards – dubbed the ‘Curry Oscars’ by former PM David Cameron – while other attendees included Chris Tarrant, former footballer David Seaman and the MP Chris Grayling. 

Also present were former Apprentice contestant Saira Khan, actors James Cosmo and Nina Wadia, cricketer Phil Tufnell and reality TV stars Nadia Essex and Farah Sattaur. 

Dr Singh, who’s also an NHS doctor, felt compelled to speak out on Twitter while attending the glitzy do on Monday night at Evolution in London.  

During the ceremony, he shared a quick clip of his table, the stage and other guests, writing : ‘It’s so wonderful being at the #BritishCurryAwards tonight… celebrating the best of Asian cuisine! However, how is it that the entire judging panel, host, and even most of the performers on stage so far have all been white? We can do better!’

He added the hashtag ‘representation matters’ and tagged main sponsor Just Eat.

Pimlico Plumber founder Charlie Mullins is the guest presenter accused of telling a 'racist' joke

Pimlico Plumber founder Charlie Mullins is the guest presenter accused of telling a 'racist' joke

Pimlico Plumber founder Charlie Mullins is the guest presenter accused of telling a ‘racist’ joke

Dr Singh, who's also an NHS doctor, felt compelled to speak out on Twitter while attending the glitzy do on Monday night at Evolution in London

Dr Singh, who's also an NHS doctor, felt compelled to speak out on Twitter while attending the glitzy do on Monday night at Evolution in London

Dr Singh, who’s also an NHS doctor, felt compelled to speak out on Twitter while attending the glitzy do on Monday night at Evolution in London

Dr Singh said the 'racist' joke was made by a guest presenter rather than the host, Hugh Dennis

Dr Singh said the 'racist' joke was made by a guest presenter rather than the host, Hugh Dennis

Dr Singh said the ‘racist’ joke was made by a guest presenter rather than the host, Hugh Dennis 

After the event, Dr Singh published an open letter to the British Curry Awards in which he claimed he was ‘not the only person that felt uncomfortable tonight’.

He continued: ‘I was honoured and privileged to be invited as a guest for the British Curry Awards tonight. Firstly, thank you to this brilliant organisation for doing their best to celebrate our Asian community.

‘However, when the host is white, the judging panel is entirely white, the performers onstage are over 90% white, are we really representing our community fairly? And to top it off, we have a racist joke on stage, and are auctioning off a piece by Winston Churchill whose relationship with India (and Bengali people specifically) is problematic?

‘We are better than this. We are a magnificent people. We have done so much and still have so much to offer. Let’s do better together.’

In the caption, he wrote: ‘I cannot stay silent… Dear @BritCurryAwards… please, let’s talk about this. I’m not berating you as I know you have good intentions and are doing your best. And you have raised so much for charity. But we are better than this.’

After the event, Dr Singh published an open letter to the British Curry Awards in which he claimed he was 'not the only person that felt uncomfortable tonight'

After the event, Dr Singh published an open letter to the British Curry Awards in which he claimed he was 'not the only person that felt uncomfortable tonight'

After the event, Dr Singh published an open letter to the British Curry Awards in which he claimed he was ‘not the only person that felt uncomfortable tonight’

The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant added in a later post: ‘I am so proud of my heritage, my community and those who have come before me to allow me to do what I do. That’s why I cannot be silent on things that really matter.

‘We are not beyond criticism (and that includes me). But we are open to learn and grow.’

Mentioning the ‘racist joke’, he wrote: ‘Paraphrased slightly, but this is a joke made on stage at the @BritCurryAwards by a white person tonight: ‘Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build a shop on it.’

‘I’m sorry but how is this OK?’ he asked.    

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sent in a video message for the ceremony in which he voiced his support for the curry industry. 

MailOnline has contacted the British Curry Awards, Just Eat and Hugh Dennis’ agent for comment.  

This article has been amended since initial publication to clarify that Mr Mullins is no longer the boss of Pimlico Plumbers, having sold the business in 2021. 

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