Constable Couple, Who Faked 2016 Mount Everest Feat, Sacked From Police Force

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2017

Suspended Pune police constable couple Dinesh Rathod and Tarkeshwari Rathod, who lied about climbing the Mount Everest and circulated morphed photos of their "mountaineering feat" in May a year ago, have been dismissed from the force, a senior official said on Monday. The couple had been suspended from Pune police in November past year. The two recently claimed, in a news conference, that senior police officers were targeting them and their claims of "scaling the peak were true".

Indian police authorities have sacked two officers after an internal inquiry revealed they had faked their climb to the Mount Everest summit. The couple had initially had told reporters that their pictures were real.

Indian police started to question the couple's claims and started a probe after Nepal imposed a 10-year mountaineering ban on them following a Nepalese government investigation that proved that photographs purporting to show the pair at the top of the Mountain were fake. Despite repeated attempts, Dinesh Rathod remained unavailable for comment.

The couple had been suspended from Pune police in November past year after an inquiry conducted by a fact-finding committee, set up by police, found that their claims were misleading and bogus, and it was confirmed that they had faked about the ascent.

Making an announcement to this effect, Additional Commissioner Sahibrio Patil said that a special panel enquired into the issue and found that the police couple cheated by claiming their ascent to the Mount Everest with morphed photos.

He added: "Based on the inquiry, we dismissed the couple from the department".

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