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Govt bans Indian couple for faking Mt Everest summit


The pair, both 30-year-old police officers, told reporters that they had reached the summit on May 23.

"Our investigation has found that the couple faked their summit".

But in June complaints were lodged by several other mountaineers including Satyarup Siddhanta, a climber from West Bengal, who said the couple had used doctored versions of photographs from his successful ascent two days earlier.

Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod claimed they clipped the top of the world tallest mountain in and even posted photographs of themselves atop Mount Everest on May 23.

Nepal mountaineering authorities have determined that an Indian couple faked a Mount Everest ascent earlier this year by altering photographs to show they were on the summit.Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said the government has canceled the climbing certificate issued to Indian citizens Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod and banned them from climbing any mountain in the Himalayan nation for 10 years.

Legitimate climber Satyarup Sidhantha, from Bangalore in Karnataka, pointed out that it was his (widely publicised) original photo that had been brazenly altered to make it look like the couple had scaled the mountain.




Also, the expedition handling agency - Makalu Adventure Treks - was only warned to be careful in future while applying for the summit certificates.

The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeeban Bahadur Shahi has endorsed the legal action against the couple as per a recommendation made by the investigation committee.

Authorities said that they had managed to prove the images had been alerted to superimpose the couple onto the mountain.

"Despite several attempts to get clarifications from them, they did not cooperate with us during the investigation".

Anjali Kulkarni told the Hindu that she was with the couple on a trip to Australia and that their claims of climbing the 10 highest peaks in that country were "completely fake", as they had barely climbed five. An quake previous year killed 9000 people and helped trigger an economic crisis from which the country has struggled to recover.

He added: "The ban should serve as a warning for mountaineers to follow ethics".

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