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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act,1997

[Act No. 24 of Year 1997, dated 28th. March, 1997]

Contents
Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
Chapter II Telecom Regulatory India
3 Establishment and incorporation of Authority
4 Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and other members
5 Term of office, conditions of service, etc. of Chairperson and other members
6 Powers of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
7 Removal and suspension of member from office in certain circumstances
8 Meetings
9 Vacancies, etc. not to invalidate proceedings of Authority
10 Officers and other employees of Authority
Chapter III Powers And Functions Of The Authority
11 Functions of Authority
12 Powers of Authority to call for information, conduct investigations, etc.
13 Power of Authority to issue directions
Chapter IV Appellate Tribunal
14 Establishment of Appellate Tribunal
14A Application for settlement of disputes and appeals to Appellate Tribunal
14B Composition of Appellate Tribunal
14C Qualifications for appointment of Chairperson and Members
14D Term of office
14E Terms and conditions of service
14F Vacancies
14G Removal and resignation
14H Staff of Appellate Tribunal
14-I Distribution of business amongst Benches
14J Power of Chairperson to transfer cases
14K Decision to be by majority
14L Members, etc., to be public servants
14M Transfer of pending cases
14N Transfer of appeals
15 Civil court not to have jurisdiction
16 Procedure and powers of Appellate Tribunal
17 Right to legal representation
18 Appeal to Supreme Court
19 Orders passed by Appellate Tribunal to be executable as a decree
20 Penalty for willful failure to comply with orders of Appellate Tribunal
Chapter V Finance, Accounts And Audit
21 Grants by Central Government
22 Fund
23 Accounts and audit
24 Furnishing of returns, etc. to Central Government
Chapter VI Miscellaneous
25 Power of Central Government to issue directions
26 Members, officers and employees of Authority to be public servants
27 Bar of jurisdiction
28 Protection of action taken in good faith
29 Penalty for contravention of directions of Authority
30 Offences by companies
31 Offences by government department
32 Exemption from tax on wealth and income
33 Delegation
34 Cognizance of offences
35 Power to make rules
36 Power to make regulations
37 Rule and regulations to be laid before Parliament
38 Application of certain laws
39 Power to remove difficulties
40 Repeal and saving

An Act to provide for the establishment of the [Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal to regulate the telecommunication services, adjudicate disputes, dispose of appeals and to protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector, to promote and ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector,] and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto

Comment: This Act seeks to inter-alia provide for the establishment of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal to regulate the telecommunication services, adjudicate disputes, dispose of appeals and to protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector, to promote and ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-eighth Year of the Republic of as follows:-



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