Cop cou­ple fired for fake 2016 Ever­est climb

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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.

The po­lice force in the western In­dian city of Pune where the cou­ple worked had fired them af­ter con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We dis­missed them from ser­vice on Satur­day af­ter the com­ple­tion of an in­ter­nal de­part­men­tal in­quiry,” Pune po­lice said.

“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.”

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 last year.

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

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