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Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

 

Preamble

   
  PART I: PRELIMINARY
1.

Short title, local extent and commencement

2.

Repeal and saving

3.

Definitions

   
  PART II: PRIVILEGES AND POWERS OF THE GOVERNMENT
4.

Exclusive privilege in respect of telegraphs, and power to grant licences

5.

Power for government to take possession of licensed telegraphs and to order interception of messages

6.

Power to establish telegraph on land of railway company

6A.

Power to notify rates for transmission of messages to countries outside India

7.

Power to make rules for the conduct of telegraphs

7A.

Saving of existing agreements

7B.

Arbitration of disputes

8.

Revocation of licenses

9.

Government not responsible for loss or damage

   
  PART III: POWER TO PLACE TELEGRAPH LINES AND POSTS
10.

Power for telegraph authority to place and maintain telegraph lines and posts

11.

Power to enter on property in order to repair or remove telegraph lines or posts

12.

Power for local authority to give permission under section 10, clause (c), subject to conditions

13.

Power for local authority to require removal or alteration of telegraph line or post

14.

Power to alter position of gas or water pipes or drains

15.

Disputes between telegraph authority and local authority

16.

Exercise of powers conferred by section 10, and disputes as to compensation, in case of property other than that of a local authority

17.

Removal or alteration of telegraph 1ine or post, on property other than that of a local authority

18.

Removal of trees interrupting telegraphic communication

19.

Telegraph lines and posts placed before the passing of this Act

19A.

Person exercising legal right likely to damage telegraph or interfere with telegraphic communication to give notice

19B.

Power to confer upon licensee powers of telegraph authority under this Part

   
  PART IV: PENALTIES
20.

Establishing, maintaining or working unauthorised telegraph

20A.

Breach of condition of licence

21.

Using unauthorised telegraphs

22.

Opposing establishment of telegraphs on railway land

23.

Intrusion into signal-room, trespass in telegraph office or obstruction

24.

Unlawfully attempting to learn contents of messages

25.

Intentionally damaging or tampering with telegraphs

25A.

Injury to or interference with a telegraph line or post

26.

Telegraph officer or other official making away with or altering, or unlawfully intercepting or disclosing messages, or divulging purport of signals

27.

Telegraph officer fraudulently sending messages without payment

28.

Misconduct

29.

Omitted

29A.

Penalty

30.

Retaining a message delivered by mistake

31.

Bribery

32.

Attempts to commit offences

   
  PART V: SUPPLEMENTAL PROVISIONS
33.

Power to employ additional police in places where mischief to telegraphs is repeatedly committed

34.

Application of Act to Presidency-towns

35.

Reference to certain laws of Part B States

 

Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

 

 

 

 

 

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