Father of child actor Rubina Ali Qureshi of the Oscar winning movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' fame has denied media reports that he put his daughter ever on sale.
A British newspaper had reported that Rafiq Qureshi tried to sell off his nine-yearld daughter for adoption to a family from Middle East for nearly 200,000 pounds to escape the Mumbai slums.
Qureshi, while talking to reporters in Mumbai claimed that all this was nothing but a trap laid out for him.
"All these accusations on me are wrong. They (the Sheikh couple) wanted to set a trap around me and take my child. This has been happening from a long time now. Earlier my first wife also created several problems to take my child away from me. I do not know who is behind all this, " said Qureshi.
"We just went to meet them. We thought they have come from abroad and have requested us a lot, so we went to meet them. I am a simple man and I am not greedy. I never wanted to go and meet them firstly. But they created an emotional trap saying that wife of Sheikh (Arab national) did not have a child so wanted to meet my children. They don't have a child but have lot of money and they were trying to buy me with money," he added.
Rubina also denied the reports and said that her father was speaking the truth.
"Whatever my dad is saying is right," said Rubina Ali.
Rubina had played young Latika in British director Danny Boyle's film that picked up eight Oscars.
Rubina, along with other child actors in the film, was flown to Los Angelesor the awards ceremony.