In­dian po­lice fires cou­ple for fak­ing Ever­est climb

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - Two In­dian po­lice of­fi­cers who falsely claimed to have reached the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est last year have been sacked, au­thor­i­ties said on Tues­day.

Nepal’s gov­ern­ment last year im­posed a ten 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,” Pune’s ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner of po­lice Sa­he­brao Patil told AFP by tele­phone.

“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, 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.

One of the pho­tos that was found to be mor­phed by the cou­ple

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