The Telegraph Act, 1885

( ACT NO. XIII Of 1885 )

1An Act to amend the law relating to Telegraphs in Bangladesh.

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the law relating to telegraphs in Bangladesh. It is hereby enacted as follows:-



1. Short title, local extent and commencement

2. [Repealed]

3. Definitions

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. [Omitted]

7. Power to make rules for the conduct of telegraphs

7A. Recovery of dues in respect of telegraph, etc.

8. Revocation of licenses

9. Government not to responsible for loss or damage

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 lines 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 line 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

20. Establishing, maintaining or working unauthorised telegraph

20A. Breach of condition of license

21. Using unauthorised telegraphs

22. [Omitted]

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. Sending fabricated or obscene messages

29A. Penalty

30. Retaining a message delivered by mistake

31. Bribery

32. Attempt to commit offences

33. Power to employ additional police in places where mischief to telegraphs is repeatedly committed

34. [Omitted]