Cop couple fired for fake 2016 Everest climb
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