THE INDIAN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY ACT, ACT NO OF [AS ON ]. An Act to regulate the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus. INDIAN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY. ACT, 17 of 11th September, An important source of revenue to the Indian State. Broadcasting Service is . Licenses.—The telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, (13 of ), shall be the authority competent to issue licenses to possess.

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It also excludes articles determined by the government not to be wireless apparatus. It may exempt certain persons from the application of the Act, for certain wireless telegraphy apparatus only. However, if such devices are designed or modified for wireless communication or is used as a part of such wireless communication device.

It also mentions that any licence under the Act shall not authorise any act in contravention of the Indian Telegraph Act, The office also has the power to confiscate the apparatus.


The extent of the Act, definitions and key concepts are covered under sections 1 and 2 of the Act. About Us The Centre for Internet and Society CIS is a non-profit organisation that undertakes interdisciplinary research on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives.

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Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and wirrless around internet, technology and society in India, and elsewhere. It also covers all articles which are determined to be a wireless apparatus according to the rules made by the government. The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act. Such exemption given by the Central Government may be a general exemption or based on certain conditions.


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Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: All wireless telegraphy apparatus which does not have any ostensible owner shall also belong to the Central Government. Series 3 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: Funded by Kusuma Trust Kusuma Trust supports innovation, new developments in higher education, training and advocacy, all of which have enormous potential to benefit society.

If the court decides in favour of confiscation then it must also pass an order of confiscation. Site Map Accessibility Contact. Follow our Works Newsletter: The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, Fine which may extend to Rs.

Any person who wishes to use satellite phones for communication purposes has to get licence from the Department of Telecommunications. Under section 5, the telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, shall be the competent authority to issue licences under this Act. In the context of evidentiary value, the court might presume that a person is in possession of a wireless telegraphy apparatus under the circumstances that such apparatus is under his ostensible charge or it is present in a place or premise over which he as effective control.

Under section 8, all wireless telegraphy apparatus which has been confiscated by the Central Government under section 6 3 shall be considered as the property of the Central Government. The Central Government may impose a fine of upto hundred rupees in the case of breach of such rules.

Under section 7 the Act, gives power to any officer specially empowered by the Central Government to search any building, vessel or place if he has reason to believe that there is any wireless telegraphy apparatus which has been used to commit offence under section 6 of the Act, is kept or concealed.


Section 6 deals with offences and penalties under the Act. Series 1 Tech Talk: The Central Government under section 4 has the power to make rules to exempt persons from the provision of the Act.

Section 5 in The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act,

Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus, other than a wireless transmitter, without a licence. Therefore, the current legislation was proposed, in order to prohibit possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus without licence. In the case ondian the first offence: In the case of a second or subsequent offence: One of the major sources of revenue for the Indian State Broadcasting Service was revenue from the licence fee from working of wireless apparatus under the Indian Telegraph Act, The Indian State Broadcasting Service was losing revenue due to lack of legislation for prosecuting persons using unlicensed wireless apparatus as it was difficult to trace them at the first place and then prove that such telegaphy has been installed, worked and maintained without licence.

In this module, Snehashish Teelegraphy throws light on the main objective of the Act — that of regulating the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus.

Conditions with respect to sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealer and manufactures of such apparatus. Location on Google Map.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

Recently foreign tourists were charged under this Act for illegal possession of satellite phones. The definition excludes any apparatus, appliance, and instrument or materials which are generally used for other electrical purposes. Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite wirelese.

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