Mumbai/London: Booker prize winner Aravind Adiga on Sunday rubbished media reports that he had sacked his agent who, it was claimed, had helped the author win the prestigious award.

“The story in the British newspaper Telegraph is absolutely incorrect. Initially I had an agent in New York and the relationship between us had ended in November 2007,” said 34-year-old Adiga, whose debut book ‘The White Tiger,’ won him the Booker this year.

Mr. Adiga said: “I had an agent who was my principal agent and our relationship mutually ended because he thought I was not making money.”

He also objected to claims that the “sacked” agent had helped him win the £50,000 award. “The agent has no role in my winning,” he said. Mr. Adiga said nobody from the British press contacted him.

The Sunday Telegraph reported that Mr. Adiga had parted company with the William Morris Agency “credited with helping him win the prize.” It did not cite any reason. — PTI