Nepal govt puts 10-year climbing ban on Pune police couple


Pune: The Pune-based constable couple, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, have been banned from climbing in Nepal for the next 10-years and their Everest certificates have been cancelled. It is allegedly made false claim about scaling the Mount Everest, a senior police official said on Monday. He, however, added that they were yet to receive a report from the Nepal government in this regard.

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"We have learnt unofficially from the Nepal government that the couple – Dinesh Rathod and his wife Tarkeshwari, has been banned from entering their country for 10 years. However, we have still not received any official report from their side," the official said. Once the neighbouring country sends its report, necessary action will be taken against the duo, he said.

"Ever since the controversy over their expedition erupted, the couple has not reported to the office and remained untraceable," the official said. Rathods, posted at the Shivajinagar headquarters of Pune city police, had claimed on June 5 that they have become the first Indian couple to scale the Everest on May 23.

However, a group of mountaineers from the city approached the police and alleged that couple was never at the summit and also alleged that they had faked their expedition by morphing photographs of themselves at the peak.
Following the complaint, city police chief Rashmi Shukla had ordered an inquiry into the allegations and city police had also written to the Nepal government to investigate the claims of the couple.

Surendra Shelke, one of the complainants and secretary of a city-based mountaineering association, had alleged that the couple had morphed the pictures and there were several discrepancies in the version they have given about the summit, which can prove the "falseness and fakeness" of their "tall claims".

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