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Nepal Govt bans Pune couple for 10 years for making fake claims of scaling Everest
The Pune based couple that had claimed to have successfully scaled the mount Everest, which later turned to be fake have been banned by the Nepal government for 10 years from climbing in Nepal under the Tourism Act and Mountaineering Regulation of the country.
The Indian Express reported that the Nepal officials have sent a letter to the Pune police informing them of the decision that the couple has been barred from entering Nepal for a period of 10 years.

"Our investigation shows that the couple faked their summit. We have imposed a 10-year ban against them from climbing any mountain in Nepal," tourism department chief Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal told AFP of the decision made on Monday.

"Despite several attempts to get clarifications from them, they did not cooperate with us during the investigation. The two Sherpas that assisted them are also absconding," Dhakal said.

"This means the probe ordered by Nepal government has confirmed the two had lied about scaling Everest. This is indeed shocking. The couple have tarnished the image not only of police force but of the whole country," Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla was quoted as saying.

The couple, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, are serving as constables in Pune police. They had claimed to be the first Indian couple to scale the Everest.

Later, a group of mountaineers had approached Pune police alleging that the two have faked their claims about scaling the Everest and have morphed the photographs at the peak.

The group had raised the issue of Dinesh wearing a red and black down jacket at the summit in his individual photo and in the couple photo, wearing an orange down jacket.

"It is next to impossible to change clothes and boots mid-climb as there is a danger of frostbite and we are cent-percent sure that photographs were taken either at a base camp or at a studio and later it was meticulously morphed or cropped," the group had claimed.

Constable Dinesh Rathod has however maintained that his claim was genuine and has said that they have submitted all the certificates received from the Nepal government upon completion of the summit, along with other proofs to the investigating officer of Pune Police.

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