Indian police dismisses couple who faked Mount Everest ascent last year
Picture posted by on Facebook Dinesh Rathod. Photograph: (Facebook)
Two Indian police officers from Pune, who had faked about scaling Mount Everest last year, have been sacked, AFP cited authorities as saying.
Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, a married couple, had last year claimed to have climbed Mount Everest. They made headlines as India's first couple to scale the Everest.
However, several mountaineers soon began complaining against the couple and said that they never made it to the summit and had instead doctored their photographs.
Last August, the Nepal government banned the couple from climbing Nepalese mountains for 10 years after they found the duo had morphed photographs for obtaining their Everest summit certificates.
Now the police force Pune has dismissed them after conducting its own investigation.
"We dismissed them from service on Saturday after the completion of an internal departmental inquiry," AFP quoted Pune's additional commissioner of police Sahebrao Patil as saying.
"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."