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Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

[13 of 1885, dt. 22nd. July, 1885]

Sections Particulars
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 licenses
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
Provisions Applicable To Property Vested In Or Under The Control Or Management Of Local Authorities
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
Provisions Applicable To Other Property
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
Provisions Applicable To All Property
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 unauthorized telegraph
20A Breach of condition of license
21 Using unauthorized 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 by Act 33 of 1971, w.e.f. 10-8-1971]
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

An Act to amend the law relating to telegraphs in India

Whereas it is expedient to amend the law relating to telegraphs in India;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

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