Baramulla, Sep 12: In the ongoing controversy surrounding St. Joseph’s School Baramulla, Father Peppin’s legal counsel, Ubaid Shams, spoke to the media Tuesday, shedding light on previously undisclosed facts and emphasizing the need for justice in the matter. The controversy initially made headlines when the school’s principal was replaced, citing alleged financial irregularities involving Father Peppin.
However, Father Peppin’s counsel refuted these claims, asserting that a false perception had been created around his involvement in an embezzlement case.
According to the counsel, Father Peppin had initiated an investigation upon learning about the alleged embezzlement.
Still, a few individuals manipulated public opinion and the media by framing him as the sole culprit.
“Father Peppin is not opposed to the transfer, but he seeks fairness in the process,” the counsel stated.
Emphasizing that the case is currently sub judice, Ubaid Shams urged that it should be left to the court to make a final determination.
“My client is open to the transfer, but we demand that justice prevails, and the defamation and character assassination cease. Those responsible for creating this damaging perception must be held accountable under the law,” he asserted.
The legal counsel further contended that Father Peppin’s transfer violated the institution’s laws and bylaws.
“The president of the institution is required to adhere to the rules and regulations, which was not the case here. The transfer of the school’s principal was carried out out of turn and without following proper legal procedures,” he explained.
Ubaid Shams challenged the committee or board members to provide evidence of any embezzlement committed by the principal, reinforcing the call for transparency and adherence to established procedures in this ongoing dispute.