George Bordoloi Suicide Case: VC Stephen Mavely Sent To Police Custody

Fr. Mavely had been arrested by the police earlier on Monday by the Sonapur police.
George Bordoloi Suicide Case: VC Stephen Mavely Sent To Police Custody
Assam Don Bosco University Vice Chancellor Fr Stephen Mavely sent to police custody | REPRESENTATIVE

The vice-chancellor of Assam Don Bosco University, Father Stephen Mavely was on Wednesday remanded to two days of police custody regarding the suicide case of George Bordoloi.

Fr. Mavely had been arrested by the police earlier on Monday by the Sonapur police.

The University released a statement on Tuesday stating it was not involved in a land dispute with the deceased in any way.

Pro Vice Chancellor Josoeph Nellanatt, in a letter, said that the university had an ongoing litigation in the court with Bordoloi regarding the land dispute.

The university had filed a petition in the court regarding the same and the case is still pending, he stated.

“We confirm that Assam Don Bosco University had an ongoing litigation in the court with the deceased regarding a boundary dispute, where the university had filed a petition in the court, which is a standard legal procedure about this dispute and the case is still pending in court,” the letter read.

“As normal procedure dictates, Fr. Stephen, as Vice Chancellor, is required to join the investigation and provide the police with the details as they may require to address this issue,” it added.

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After the petition was filed in the court, the University or any of its members were not involved in this dispute, Nellanatt further said in the letter.

“The University wishes to inform its faculty, staff, students and all stakeholders that Fr. Stephen or any other officer of the University are not in any way involved in this dispute, after the said petition was filed in Guwahati courts.”

George Bordoloi, a Guwahati-based entrepreneur, committed suicide on Sunday by hanging from a tree in the backyard of his resort at Hatimura in Sonapur.

In a note that he left behind, he accused Vice-chancellor of the university father Stephen Mavely of abetting his suicide, among other things

Stephen Mavely was later detained by the Sonapur police for interrogation.

According to reports, his resort and Don Bosco University had been embroiled in a land dispute for quite some time now and Bordoloi allegedly took the extreme step due to harassment.

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