A formal complaint has been sent to the BBC by the Indian high commission following the Top Gear Christmas special, which aired on December 28. Jeremy Clarkson and his co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond made several jokes throughout the 90-minute programme about Indian food, culture and history.
Details of the complaint were not revealed, however a report in the Telegraph says that the high commission letter accuses the show of being "replete with cheap jibes, tasteless humour and [lacking the] cultural sensitivity that we expect from the BBC".
One of the jokes included hanging a banner from the side of a train with the seemingly innocent slogan "Eat English Muffins". When the train carriages split, the phrase changed to read "Eat English Muff". The show is known for its often controversial jokes and sarcastic nature.
The BBC received 23 complaints after the show was initially aired, although a spokeswoman for the BBC said this number has now risen to 188.
Clarkson was the subject of another controversy in November, following his comments on The One Show about strikers.