George Bordoloi

In a significant development in the death of Assam entrepreneur George Bordoloi, Dr Stephen Mavely, the vice-chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) at Tepesia in Sonapur, was granted bail by the Gauhati High Court on Thursday.

Mavely had been arrested based on a note written by Bordoloi, who allegedly died by suicide on Monday and remanded to a two-day custody by a lower court.

George Bordoloi, a pioneer in the city’s Dhaba business, left a handwritten confession on stamp paper, holding Fr Mavely responsible for his ‘suicide’, sources told EastMojo.

The case against Mavely was registered under Section 306 IPC following a complaint filed by Patrick Bordoloi after the death of his father George Bordoloi.

The Gauhati High Court bench of Justice Sanjay Kumar Medhi granted bail to Mavely on May 26 on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000 with two sureties of the like amount.

The court, hearing senior advocate of the Gauhati High Court, Angshuman Bora appearing for Dr Mavely, observed in its order that, “In the instant case, the petitioner is a Vice-Chancellor of a prestigious educational Institution and there is nothing on record, till now, regarding any blemish on his part. Though there is an allegation that because of certain acts of the petitioner, the father of the informant had committed suicide, a bare reading of the F.I.R. would show that such action constitutes filing of a civil case by the petitioner against the deceased and also making certain constructions within the University Campus leading to destructions of crops by the Elephant in the concerned village.”

Bordoloi, 70, was found hanging from a tree in the backyard of his eco-resort at Hatimura, Sonapur, a Guwahati suburb.

“The court summon issued to me and my son Pattrick Bordoloi as per complaint lodged by Father Stephen Mavely, vice-chancellor of Don Bosco University, Tepesia is false and fabricated,” read the confession note on stamp paper, duly signed by Bordoloi.

It was further stated in the suicide note that the allegation of trespassing into the campus and destroying their rubber and coconut trees is highly objectionable.

“We have never intruded on their campus as we are always busy in our eco-camp at Hatimura village which is located far away from their campus,” Bordoloi wrote in the confession note.

“Father Stephen Mavely therefore should be held responsible for abetting my suicide. He is also responsible for blocking most of the elephant corridors by constructing buildings in their habitat which compel the elephants to visit our village and destroy our crops. The herds have also destroyed their plantation for which we are no way responsible,” he wrote.

“On the basis of this written confession, Fr Stephen Mavely should be booked under the relevant Act of IPC,” wrote Bordoloi.

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