Section 20 Indian Telegraph Act, 1885

 


Section 20 Indian Telegraph Act, 1885: 


 Establishing, maintaining or working unauthorised telegraph.—

(1) If any person establishes, maintains or works a telegraph within 20 [India] in contravention of the provisions of section 4 or otherwise than as permitted by rules made under that section, he shall be punished, if the telegraph is a wireless telegraph, with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both, and, in any other case, with a fine which may extend to one thousand rupees.1[20. Establishing, maintaining or working unauthorised telegraph.—(1) If any person establishes, maintains or works a telegraph within 2[India] in contravention of the provisions of section 4 or otherwise than as permitted by rules made under that section, he shall be punished, if the telegraph is a wireless telegraph, with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both, and, in any other case, with a fine which may extend to one thousand rupees."

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (5 of 1898), offences under this section in respect of a wireless telegraph shall, for the purposes of the said Code, be bailable and non-cognizable.

(3) When any person is convicted of an offence punishable under this section, the court before which he is convicted may direct that the telegraph in respect of which the offence has been committed, or any part of such telegraph, be forfeited to Government.


Supreme Court of India Important Judgments And Leading Case Law Related to Section 20 Indian Telegraph Act, 1885:  State Of Bihar vs Mangal Sao on 29 March, 1962

The State Of Gujarat vs Anwar Osman Sumbhaniya on 27 February, 2019

State Of Maharashtra vs Bharat Shanti Lal Shah & Ors on 1 September, 2008

B.S.N.L vs Telecom Regulatory Auth.Of India on 6 December, 2013

Union Of India vs Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) on 23 August, 2007

Amar Singh vs Union Of India & Ors on 11 May, 2011

Shri M.L. Jaggi vs Mahanagar Telephones Nigam Ltd. on 2 January, 1996



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