Indian police couple sacked for lying over Everest climb

Indian police couple sacked for lying over Everest climb

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:46 am

Indian police officers

Two police officers who claimed they were the first Indian couple to conquer Mount Everest have been sacked after an investigation confirmed they had faked the ascent.

Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod had claimed they had successfully reached the 8,848-metre summit in May last year.

Their claim came under suspicion after fellow mountaineers pointed out inconsistencies in photos posted online.

Police in Maharashtra state’s Pune city on Tuesday said that a departmental inquiry confirmed the couple had “morphed photographs” to show they successfully summited the peak.

“Both of them were dismissed from police service because they supplied false information on reaching the top of Everest to us as well as the Nepalese government,” senior city police officer Sahebrao Patil said over phone.

“We are not pressing any charges against them since we have already given very serious punishment in the matter,” he added.

Soon after the climb, commentators had pointed out that the duo were wearing different boots in the alleged summit pictures than at other points in the ascent, where changing footwear is practically impossible.

They also said that the date was too late in the season to complete the climb.

Nepalese authorities have banned the couple from mountaineering in the country for 10 years after concluding that they had doctored the images, and their summit certificates would be revoked.

The organiser of the so-called expedition, Makalu Adventure Travel, was exempted from punishment for cooperating in the investigation.

Two Sherpas who supported the false claims failed to show up for questioning.(


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