Rafiq Qureshi, the father of Slumdog Millionaire starlet Rubina Ali, has been arrested over claims that he tried to sell his daughter for 200,000 pounds.
A complaint from the 36-year-old man’s ex-wife initiated the arrest.
Indian cops spent several hours quizzing Qureshi and are now on a prowl to obtain video recordings of the meeting at which the deal was supposedly brokered, reports ‘The Sun’.
Rubina’s mother Khurshida claimed she knew two weeks ago of the intended child-trade with a rich Dubai sheikh.
However, she added: “My elder daughter had informed me…I did not believe he would actually go through with it.”
Khurshida dubbed her ex-hubby and his new wife Mina as “money-crazy” and desperate to cash-in on the nine-year-old’s fame.
Police official Prakash Salunke, who is leading the investigation, said: “Khursida was very upset by the media reports and she came to lodge a complaint.