Pune - A couple working with the Pune city police who had falsely claimed last year that they had summited Mount Everest, have been dismissed from service.
After their claim several mountaineers had pointed out errors in pictures, stating they were artificially morphed. The verification of these claims led to the suspension of constables Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod. They had not reported to duty without notice. A departmental inquiry ordered by Pune police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, found them of lying about their Everest summit claim.
The Rathods, who were attached to the Pune city police headquarters, had held a press conference in Kathmandu in June 2016 and claimed to have summited the world’s highest peak in May that year.
Dinesh and Tarkeshwari, both aged 30, had stood by their claim in the past. The couple had joined the police force in 2006 and had got married in 2008. They had taken a leave from their work in April last year for an expedition to scale the Everest.
However on June 17, 2016, a group of mountaineers approached Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla and gave a written complaint alleging there were several discrepancies in the claim made by the police couple. Shukla subsequently ordered an inquiry into the claim. It came to light that the couple had morphed the photos of software engineer Satyaroop Siddhanta from Kolkata, who had summited the peak.
Nepal government, which had also held an inquiry into the the issue, endorsed Siddhanta’s evidence. Nepal authorities later banned the couple from climbing any peak in the country for the next 10 years.