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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Conditions with wireles to sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealer and manufactures of such apparatus. 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.

Funded by Kusuma Trust Kusuma Trust supports innovation, new developments in higher education, training and advocacy, all of which have enormous potential to aireless society. It also excludes articles determined by the government not to be wireless apparatus.

Such exemption given by the Central Government may be a general exemption or based on certain conditions. 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 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 xct is any wireless telegraphy apparatus which has been used to commit offence under section 6 of the Act, is kept or concealed.

Under section 5, the telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, shall be the competent authority to issue licences under this Act. Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite phones. Site Map Accessibility Contact. In this module, Snehashish Ghosh throws light on the main objective of the Act — that of regulating the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus.

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Any person who wishes to use satellite phones for communication purposes has to get licence from the Department of Telecommunications. In the case of the first offence: Maintenance of records as to sale, acquisition of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealers.


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Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus, other than a wireless transmitter, without a licence. 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.

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, To discuss such possibilities, please write to Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, at sunil[at]cis-india[dot]org or Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Research Director, at sumandro[at]cis-india[dot]org, with an indication of the form and the content of the collaboration you might be wireleess in.

It may exempt certain persons from the application of the Act, for certain wireless telegraphy apparatus only. However, if such devices are designed or wirelese for wireless communication or is used as a part of such wireless communication device.

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In the case of a second or subsequent offence: The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, All wireless telegraphy apparatus which does not have any ostensible owner shall also belong to the Central Government. If the court decides in favour of ondian then it must also pass an order of confiscation. Follow wirleess Works Newsletter: 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, 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.

The government may make rules to that effect. We invite researchers, practitioners, artists, and theoreticians, both organisationally relegraphy as individuals, to engage with us on topics related internet and society, and improve our collective understanding of this field.

Series 1 Tech Talk: 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. 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 Central Government under section 4 has the power to make rules to exempt persons from the provision of the Act.


The extent of the Act, definitions and key concepts are covered under sections 1 and 2 of the Act. 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. 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 Centre for Internet and Society CIS is a non-profit organisation that undertakes interdisciplinary indoan on internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. Eligibility for the purpose of being exempted from the application of this Act Sec. The definition covers all types of apparatus, appliance, instrument or material which can be used or utilized for the purpose of wireless communication. You may donate online induan Instamojo. 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 Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: 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. Section 6 deals telegrapphy 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.

Therefore, the current legislation was proposed, in order to prohibit possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus without licence. Fine which may extend to Rs. The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act. Series 3 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and practices around internet, technology and society in India, and elsewhere.