Police drop 'Slumdog' dad investigation

Police drop 'Slumdog' dad investigation

The father of 'Slumdog Millionaire' star Rubina Ali has been cleared by Indian police over allegations he attempted to sell his young daughter.

Rafiq Qureshi was quizzed by police in Mumbai earlier this week after British newspaper News of the World alleged he offered to auction off the nine-year-old for £200,000 (€221,000).

Rubina's mother Khurshida, who abandoned the family in 2001, claimed she learned of the sale two weeks ago and alerted police to investigate.

Qureshi protested his innocence throughout the scandal, telling People.com the story was a "lie made up by foreign journalists playing games with me".

And authorities have failed to find any evidence to back up the claims - announcing that they had dropped their investigation into the case.

Senior police inspector Rahim Shaikh said: "There is not any crime. The matter is closed. No money changed hands. Rubina is here. There is no crime."

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