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THE INDIAN TELEGRAPH ACT, 1885

Title : THE INDIAN TELEGRAPH ACT, 1885

Year : 1885



(1) Whenever it appears to the State Government that any act causing or likely to cause wrongful damage to any telegraph is repeatedly and maliciously committed in any place, and that the employment of an additional police- force in that place is thereby rendered necessary, the State Government may send such additional police-force as it thinks fit to the place, and employ the same therein so long as, in the opinion of that Government, the necessity of doing so continues.

(2) The inhabitants of the place shall be charged with the cost of the additional police-force, and the District Magistrate shall, subject to the orders of the State Government, assess the proportion in which the cost shall be paid by the inhabitants according to his judgment of their respective means.

(3) All moneys payable under sub-section (2) shall be recoverable either under the warrant of a Magistrate by distress and sale of the movable property of the defaulter within the local limits of his jurisdiction, or by suit in any competent court.

(4) The State Government may, by order in writing, define the limits of any place for the purposes of this section.



(1) This Act, in its application to the Presidency-towns, shall be read as if for the words "District Magistrate" in section 16, sub-section (1), and section 17, sub-sections (2) and (3), for the words "Magistrate of the first or second class" in section 18, sub-section (1),2*[and section 19A, sub-section (2)] and for the words "Magistrate" in section 18, sub-section (2), there had been enacted the word "Commissioner of Police" and for the words "District Judge" in section 16, sub-sections (3), (4) and (5), the words "Chief Judge of the Court of Small Causes".

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(3) The fee in respect of an application to the Chief Judge of a Presidency Court of Small Causes under sub-section (3) of section 16 shall be the same as would be payable under the Court-fees Act, 1870 (7 of 1870), in respect of such an application to a District Judge beyond the limits of a Presidency-town, and fees for summonses and other processes in proceedings before the Chief Judge under subsection (3) or sub-section (4) of that section shall be payable according to the scale set forth in the Fourth Schedule to the Presidency Small Cause Courts Act, 1882 (15 of 1882).]

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1. Inserted by Act 11 of 1888 Section 1.

2. Inserted by Act 7 of 1914, Section 10.

3. Sub-section (2) omitted by the A.O. 1937.

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[Rep. by Part B States (Laws) Act, 1951 (3 ofl951), Section 3 and Schedule]

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1. Substituted by the A.O. 1950, for the former section which had been Inserted by Act 45 of 1948, Section 3.

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