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Published On: Tue, Aug 8th, 2017

Indian couple who faked their Everest climb banned from the mountain for 10 years

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nsnbc : Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, who claimed to be the first Indian couple to have climbed Mt Everest have been banned from the mountain for 10 years after reports of the “fake climb” surfaced. Adding to the embarrassment is that both worked for the Maharashtra Police Department.

Indian couple fakes Mt Everest climb_2016In 2016 Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod claimed they had successfully climbed Mt Everest, which is 8,850 m high. However, the international community of climbers is tightly-knit, and the pair’s claim did not convince other climbers, who launched inquiries into their expedition.

An investigation showed that photos used by the couple for their claim to fame were apparently “morphed” which is not conclusive but strong circumstantial evidence for the “fake climb claim”.

More suspicions arose after authorities checked their timeline between the day the couple claimed to have completed the expedition and the day when they announced their success to the media.

That investigation led to the conclusion that the couple also would have had to set an impossible speed-climb record because the couple could not have reached the summit and be back to their base camp so soon. Sahebrao Patil, Commissioner of Police – Administration told reporters:

“The couple faked about the Everest ascent, morphed the photographs, shared misleading information and while doing this, brought disrepute to the Maharashtra Police department and did not report to duty. Based on the inquiry, we dismissed the couple from the department and an order to this effect was issued on Saturday,”

Ironically, the couple may have actually faked their Everest climb only in an attempt to escape dismissal from their job police job as they had not reported to duty for three months and when asked for an explanation, they claimed they were the first Indian couple to have conquered the summit and tried to support their claim with the fake pictures. The government of Nepal has also banned the couple from entering the country for 10 years.

CH/L – nsnbc 08.08.2017

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