x

Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Indian police fire couple for faking Everest climb

Nepal's government last year imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, a married couple, after finding they had doctored photos to support their claim.

Indian climber Satyarup Sidhantha holds a photograph that shows him on Mount Everest, along with what he says is an altered version of the same used by a couple to make it appear they were on the summit. Bikas Das / AP
Indian climber Satyarup Sidhantha holds a photograph that shows him on Mount Everest, along with what he says is an altered version of the same used by a couple to make it appear they were on the summit. Bikas Das / AP

Two Indian police officers who falsely claimed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest last year have been sacked, authorities said onTuesday.

Nepal's government last year imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, a married couple, after finding they had doctored photos to support their claim.

Now the police force in the western Indian city of Pune where the couple worked has dismissed them after conducting its own investigation.

"We dismissed them from service on Saturday after the completion of an internal departmental inquiry," said Pune's additional commissioner of police, Sahebrao Patil.

"We found that they had given false information to media, cheated the Indian and Nepali governments and morphed photos to show that they had reached the top of Mount Everest -- which, in fact, they had not."

_______________

Read more

Nepal bans Indian couple after debunking Everest climb claims

Nepal opens investigation into Indian police couple’s Everest claims

Nepal to deport Everest climber after illegal Tibet crossing

_______________

Nepal's tourism department initially awarded the Rathods a certificate after they said they had reached the top of the world's highest mountain on May 23, 2016.

They investigated after fellow climbers cast doubt on the claim and said photos purporting to show the couple at the summit were doctored.

The incident prompted a review of the procedure for certifying ascents, which currently demands photos and reports from team leaders and government liaison officers stationed at the base camp.

There has been a steady rise in the number of climbers attempting to scale Everest in the last decade as the cost has fallen.

Nearly 450 mountaineers reached the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak from the Nepal side during the brief spring climbing season this year, according to official figures.