Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is preparing to go to India afterwards this month, multiple sources familiar with the options advised Reuters, a examination for the Indian-born head who a short while ago criticized Indian immigration coverage.

India is a important market for Microsoft and other know-how providers. India’s southern city of Hyderabad, where Nadella grew up, is house to Microsoft’s most important exploration and growth centre exterior of the United States.

Nadella is preparing to be in India amongst Feb. 24 and Feb.26 and will very likely go to New Delhi, tech hub Bengaluru and the money cash of Mumbai, two people today familiar with the options mentioned. He is also very likely to satisfy senior Indian business leaders in the course of his go to, the sources mentioned. The sources did not want to be determined since the corporation has however to make a public announcement.

Microsoft declined to comment when asked about a go to. “We don’t have anything at all to share at the second,” a corporation spokeswoman mentioned.

Microsoft also is striving prepare for Nadella to satisfy Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one particular of the sources additional, though the conference has however to be confirmed. The Prime Minister’s workplace did not reply to requests for comment.

Nadella last month stoked controversy in India when he was quoted by Buzzfeed as stating a new law applied by Modi’s govt that eases the route to citizenship for non-Muslims in close by nations was “just bad”.

His remarks drew sharp criticism from Modi’s ruling get together.

Microsoft issued a assertion afterwards quoting Nadella as stating that each and every nation has the correct to protect and outline its borders.

A go to by Nadella would be in the midst of the govt having a more durable stance from overseas know-how providers competing in the domestic market by drafting legislation aimed at far more tightly-controlled cross-border knowledge flows.

The go to would also be a month after Inc CEO Jeff Bezos designed a trip to the nation and was snubbed by senior members of the govt.

India has taken a tough stance from the U.S. e-commerce sector, with Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart experiencing an antitrust probe and criticism from brick-and-mortar traders from their business enterprise practices.

When Bezos frequented India last month and announced a new $one billion expense, India’s trade minister brushed him off by stating Amazon was executing no “excellent favor” to India. Modi also did not satisfy Bezos inspite of recurring requests by the corporation.