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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 6 deals with offences and penalties under the Act. The Central Government may impose a fine of upto hundred rupees in the case of breach of such rules. Acf definition excludes any apparatus, appliance, and instrument or materials which are generally used for other electrical purposes.

It may exempt certain persons from the application of the Act, for certain wireless telegraphy apparatus only. Funded by Kusuma Trust Kusuma Trust supports innovation, new developments in higher education, training and advocacy, all of telegrraphy have enormous potential to benefit society.


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. 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.

Conditions with respect to sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealer and manufactures of such apparatus. Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and practices around internet, technology and society in India, and elsewhere. Eligibility for the purpose of being exempted from the application of this Act Sec.

Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite phones. Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: The Central Government under section 4 has the power to make rules to exempt persons from the provision of the Act.

However, if such devices are designed or modified for wireless communication or is used as a part of such wireless communication device. Site Map Accessibility Contact. Under section 5, the telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, shall be the competent authority to issue licences under this Act.


To discuss such possibilities, please write to Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, at sunil[at]cis-india[dot]org telergaphy Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Research Director, at sumandro[at]cis-india[dot]org, with an indication of the form and the content of the collaboration telegdaphy might be interested in. It also excludes articles determined by the government not to be wireless apparatus.

Support Us Please help us defend citizen and user rights on the Internet! It also covers all articles which are determined to be a wireless apparatus according to the rules made by the government.

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

The definition wirfless all types of apparatus, appliance, instrument or material which can be used or utilized for the purpose of wireless communication.

The academic research at CIS seeks to understand the reconfiguration of social processes and structures through the internet and digital media technologies, and vice versa. Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus, other than a wireless transmitter, without a licence.

It also mentions that any licence under the Act shall not authorise any act in contravention of the Indian Telegraph Act, 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, Location on Google Map.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

Series 1 Tech Talk: 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. Maintenance of records as telegrapyh sale, acquisition of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealers.

Fine which may extend to Teldgraphy. 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.


The areas of focus include digital accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge, intellectual property rights, openness including open data, free and open source software, open standards, open access, open educational resources, and open videointernet governance, telecommunication reform, digital privacy, and cyber-security. The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, Recently foreign tourists were charged under this Act for illegal possession of satellite phones.

Any person who wishes to use satellite phones for communication purposes has to get licence from the Department of Telecommunications.

Fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees. 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.

Follow our Works Newsletter: The extent of the Act, definitions and key concepts are covered under sections 1 and 2 of the Act. In a trial of an offence under section 6, if the accused is convicted then the court shall also decide whether the apparatus used or involved in the offence should be confiscated.

The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act. All wireless telegraphy apparatus which does not have any ostensible owner shall also belong to the Central Government. 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, Such exemption given by the Central Government may be a general exemption or based on certain conditions.

If the court decides in favour of confiscation then it must also pass an order of confiscation. In this module, Snehashish Ghosh throws light on the main objective of the Act — that of regulating the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus.