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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Section 7 in The Indian Wireless Telegraphy 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 instrument has been installed, worked and maintained without licence. 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.

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.

Follow our Works Newsletter: Fine which may extend to Rs. The definition excludes any apparatus, appliance, and instrument or materials which are generally used for other electrical purposes.

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, 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 wirless to commit offence under section 6 of the Act, is kept or concealed.


The office also has the power to confiscate the apparatus. 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, It also mentions that any licence under the Act shall not authorise any act in contravention of the Indian Telegraph Act, Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus, other than a wireless wirelese, without a licence.

However, if such devices are designed or modified for wireless communication or is used as a part of such wireless communication device. Recently foreign tourists were charged under this Act for illegal possession of satellite phones.

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 direless in a place or premise over which he as effective control.

Series 3 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: Therefore, the current legislation was proposed, in order to prohibit possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus without licence.

Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite phones.

The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act. In the case of the first offence: We invite researchers, practitioners, artists, and theoreticians, both organisationally and as individuals, to engage with us on topics related internet and society, and improve our collective understanding of this field.

The definition covers all types of apparatus, appliance, instrument or material which can be used or utilized for the purpose of wireless communication. It also excludes articles determined by the government not to be wireless apparatus.

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The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: You may donate online via Instamojo. Eligibility for the purpose of being exempted from the application of this Act Sec. If the court decides in favour of confiscation then it must also pass an order of confiscation.

Conditions with respect to sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealer and manufactures of such apparatus. Under section 5, the telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, shall be the competent authority to issue licences under this Act. All wireless telegraphy apparatus which does not have any ostensible owner shall also belong to the Central Government.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

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