An Act to regulate the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus.
WHEREAS it is expedient to regulate the possession of wireless telegraphy apparatus in Bangladesh; It is hereby enacted as follows:-
1. (1) This Act may be called the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933. (2) It extends to the whole of Bangladesh. (3) It shall come into force on such date as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint.
2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,- (1) "wireless communication" means the making, transmitting or receiving of telegraphic, telephonic or other communications by means of electricity or magnetism without the use of wires or other continuous electrical conductors between the transmitting and the receiving apparatus; (2) "wireless telegraphy apparatus" means any apparatus, appliance, instrument or material used or capable of use in wireless communication, and includes any article determined by rule made under section 10 to be wireless telegraphy apparatus, but does not include any such apparatus, appliance, instrument or material commonly used for other electrical purposes, unless it has been specially designed or adapted for wireless communication or forms part of some apparatus, appliance, instrument or material specially so designed or adapted, nor any article determined by rule made under section 10 not to be wireless telegraphy apparatus; and (3) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under section 10.
3. Save as provided by section 4, no person shall possess wireless telegraphy apparatus except under and in accordance with a licence issued under this Act.
4. The Government may by rules made under this Act exempt any person or any class of persons from the provisions of this Act either generally or subject to prescribed conditions, or in respect of specified wireless telegraphy apparatus.
5.(1) The Director-General, Bangladesh Post Office, or an officer authorized by him in this behalf, shall be the authority competent to issue licences to possess wireless telegraphy apparatus under this Act, and may issue licenses in such manner, on such conditions and subject to such payments as may be prescribed: (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 4 of the Telegraph Act, 1885 (XIII of 1885), no licence under that Act shall be necessary for the possession of a television receiving apparatus for possessing which a licence issued under this Act is for the time being in force.
6.(1) Whoever possesses any wireless telegraphy apparatus in contravention of the provisions of section 3 shall be punished, in the case of the first offence, with fine which may extend to one hundred Taka, and, in the case of a second or subsequent offence, with fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty Taka. (2) For the purposes of this section a Court may presume that a person possesses wireless telegraphy apparatus if such apparatus is under his ostensible charge, or is located in any premises or place over which he has effective control. (3) If in the trial of an offence under this section the accused is convicted the Court shall decide whether any apparatus in respect of which an offence has been committed should be confiscated, and, if it so decides, may order confiscation accordingly.
7. (1) A Magistrate of the first class or a Magistrate of the second class specially empowered by the Government in this behalf, may issue a warrant for the search, at any time between sunrise and sunset, of any building, vessel or place in which he has reason to believe that any wireless telegraphy apparatus, in respect of which an offence punishable under section 6 has been committed, is kept or concealed. (2) The Officer to whom a search warrant under sub-section (1) is addressed may enter into any building, vessel or place mentioned in the warrant and seize any wireless telegraphy apparatus in respect of which he had reason to believe an offence under section 6 has been committed.
8. All wireless telegraphy apparatus confiscated under the provisions of sub-section (3) of section 6, and all wireless telegraphy apparatus having no ostensible owner shall be the property of the Government.
9. [Repealed by the Government of India (Adaptation of Indian Laws) Order, 1937.]
10. (1) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Act. (2) In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for- (i) determining that any article or class of article shall be or shall not be wireless telegraphy apparatus for the purposes of this Act. (ii) the exemption of persons or classes of persons under section 4 from the provisions of this Act. (iii) the manner of and the conditions governing the issue, renewal, suspension and cancellation of licenses, the form of licenses and the payments to be made for the issue and renewal of licenses; (iv) the maintenance of records containing details of the acquisition and disposal by sale or otherwise of wireless telegraphy apparatus possessed by dealers in wireless telegraphy apparatus; (v) the conditions governing the sale of wireless telegraphy apparatus by dealers in and manu-facturers of such apparatus. (3) In making a rule under this section the Government may direct that a breach of it shall be punishable with fine which may extend to one hundred Taka.
11. Nothing in this Act contained shall authorize the doing of anything prohibited under the Telegraph Act, 1885, and except as provided in sub-section (2) of section 5, no license issued under this Act shall authorize any person to do anything for the doing of which a license or permission under the Telegraph Act, 1885, is necessary.