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Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod of Pune Police.

The government has slapped a 10-year ban on an Indian police couple, who submitted doctored images to establish their Mt Everest summit claim, from climbing any mountain in the country.

Dinesh and Dinesh Rathod had claimed that they successfully climbed Mt Everest on May 23 and furnished their photographs, among other proofs, to get climbing certificate. But follower climbers raised doubt on the claim, stating that the photos they submitted as proof were manipulated.

Though the Department of Tourism (DoT) under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) had initially certified the claim, it had launched investigation based on complaints of others and eventually revoked their certificate.

Sudarshan Dhakal, director general of DoT, told media persons that the climbing certificate issued to the Rathod couple was cancelled and a 10-year ban imposed on them from climbing any mountains in Nepal.

According to the DoT, 456 people, including more than 250 foreign climbers, reached the summit of Mt Everest in spring 2016.

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