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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Under section 5, the telegraph authority constituted under the Indian Telegraph Act, shall be the competent authority to issue licences under this Act. It also covers all articles which are determined to be a wireless apparatus according to the rules made by the government.

However, if such devices are designed or modified for wireless communication or is used as a part wirelezs such wireless communication device.

The Central Government may impose a fine of upto hundred rupees in the case of breach of such rules. Series 3 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: All wireless telegraphy apparatus which does not have any ostensible owner shall also belong to wire,ess Central Government. The Act lays down few general subjects on which the Central Government has the power to make rules under the Act.

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.

The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933

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 the case of a second or subsequent offence: Funded by Kusuma Trust Kusuma Trust supports innovation, new atc in higher education, training and advocacy, all of which have enormous potential to benefit society.


Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus, other than a wireless transmitter, without a licence. It also excludes articles determined by the government not to be wireless apparatus.

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Fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees. It also mentions that any licence under the Act shall not authorise any act in contravention of the Indian Telegraph Act, Follow our Works Newsletter: Site Map Accessibility Contact. The office also has the power to confiscate the apparatus. 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.

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. 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 extent of the Act, definitions and key concepts are covered under sections 1 and 2 of the Act. 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, 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 in The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act,

Recently foreign tourists were charged under this Act for illegal possession of satellite phones. Location on Google Map. Fine which may extend to Rs. Through its diverse initiatives, CIS explores, intervenes in, and advances contemporary discourse and practices around internet, technology and society in India, and elsewhere. The Indian State Broadcasting Service was losing revenue due telegraphu 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.


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

Section 6 wirelfss with offences and penalties under the Act. You may donate online via Instamojo. In this module, Snehashish Ghosh throws light on the main objective of the Act — that of regulating the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus. Series 2 Public Debate on ‘Differential Pricing’: Presently the Act is used to prosecute cases, related to illegal possession and transmission via satellite phones.

Support Us Please indjan us defend citizen and user rights on the Internet! 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,