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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Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus, other than a wireless transmitter, without a licence. Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and practices around internet, technology and society in India, and elsewhere. The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act.

Location on Google Map. Site Map Accessibility Contact. Section 10 gives power to the Central Government to make rules through notification in the official gazette with respect to give effect to provisions under the Act.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, In the case of the first offence: 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. Fine which may extend to Rs. In the context of evidentiary value, wirelless 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 tellegraphy present in a place or premise over which he as effective control.

Section 3 in The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act,

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In the case of a second or subsequent offence: The government may make rules to that effect. Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite phones. Any person who wishes to use satellite phones for communication purposes has to get ach from the Department of Telecommunications.


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In a trial of an offence under section 6, if the accused is convicted wirdless the court shall also decide whether the apparatus used or involved in the offence should be confiscated. Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: The academic research at CIS seeks to understand the reconfiguration of social processes and structures through the internet and digital media technologies, and vice wirreless. Series 1 Tech Talk: The definition covers all types of apparatus, appliance, instrument or material which can be used or utilized for the purpose of wireless communication.

All wireless telegraphy apparatus which does not have any ostensible owner shall also belong to the Central Government.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

Acf also covers all articles which are determined to be a wireless apparatus according to the rules made by the government. Recently foreign telegrraphy were charged under this Act for illegal possession of satellite phones. Fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees. The Central Government under section 4 has the power to make rules to exempt persons from the provision of the Act.

Eligibility for the purpose of being exempted from the application of this Act Sec.

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It also excludes articles determined by the government not to be wireless apparatus. Conditions with respect to sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealer and manufactures of such apparatus.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, — The Centre for Internet and Society

Series 3 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: Such exemption given by the Central Government may be a general exemption or based on certain conditions. 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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Section 11 expressly mentions that no provision under the Act shall authorise any person to do any act which is prohibited under the India Telegraph Act, In this module, Snehashish Ghosh throws light on the main objective of the Act — that of regulating the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus. 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 office also has the power to confiscate the apparatus. It may exempt certain persons from the application of the Act, for certain wireless telegraphy apparatus only.

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, Follow our Works Newsletter: The extent of the Act, definitions and key concepts are covered under sections 1 and 2 of the Act.

The Central Government may impose a fine of upto hundred rupees in the case of breach of such rules.

Therefore, the current legislation was proposed, in order to prohibit possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus without licence. However, if such devices are designed or modified for wireless communication or is used as a part of such wireless communication device.