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Cops flip-flop on clean chit for slumdad

The police made conflicting claims reacting to media reports that an inquiry into an alleged ‘deal’ — made by Rafiq Qureshi, nine-year-old Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina’s father to give her away for adoption for £200,000 — had given Qureshi a clean chit. Kanchan Chaudhari reports.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2009 01:24 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari

The police made conflicting claims on Sunday reacting to media reports that an inquiry into an alleged ‘deal’ — made by Rafiq Qureshi, nine-year-old Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina’s father to give her away for adoption for £200,000 (Rs 1.4 crore) — had given Qureshi a clean chit.

While Rahim Shaikh, senior police inspector of the Nirmal Nagar police station, which is conducting the inquiry, was quoted as telling a news agency that the inquiry found Qureshi not guilty, the deputy commissioner of police for the zone, Nisar Tamboli, had a different take. “The inquiry is not yet complete,” Tamboli said. “The question of letting off Rafiq now does not arise.”

On Sunday, the news agency quoted the senior inspector as saying, “The inquiry has concluded and he is found not guilty as there is no exchange of money.”

The agency report, quoting Rahim, added, “He did not try to sell his daughter. It was true that he had gone to a hotel in Andheri to meet some people, who told Qureshi that they wanted to adopt Rubina. At that time Qureshi had told them that he can take care of his daughter.”

A week ago, UK newspaper News of The World had published a report that Qureshi was trying to sell his daughter, after conducting a sting operation.

Reporters of the tabloid had posed as members of a wealthy Sheikh family from Saudi Arabia and had offered to adopt the girl when Qureshi allegedly demanded the sum.

After the publication of the story, Qureshi had refuted the allegations. “I will never sell Rubina. It is a conspiracy to malign my reputation. The voice in the video is not mine,” he had said.

The newspaper has also put up the video on its site.

Rubina’s mother, who has divorced Qureshi, filed a complaint after the news of the alleged deal broke out last week.