emergency exists or the interest of the public safety requires the taking of such action) of any
telegraph established, maintained or worked by any person licensed under this Act.
(2) On the occurrence of any public emergency, or in the interest of the public safety, the Central
Government or a State Government or any officer specially authorised in this behalf by the Central
Government or a State Government may, if satisfied that it is necessary or expedient so to do in the
interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign
States or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of an offence, for reasons to be
recorded in writing, by order, direct that any message or class of messages to or from any person or class
of persons, or relating to any particular subject, brought for transmission by or transmitted or received by
any telegraph, shall not be transmitted, or shall be intercepted or detained, or shall be disclosed to the
Government making the order or an officer thereof mentioned in the order:
Provided that press messages intended to be published in India of correspondents accredited to the
Central Government or a State Government shall not be intercepted or detained, unless their
transmission has been prohibited under this sub-section.]
6. Power to establish telegraph on land of Railway Company.—Any Railway Company, on being
required so to do by the Central Government, shall permit the Government to establish and maintain a
telegraph upon any part of the land of the Company, and shall give every reasonable facility for working
[6A. Power to notify rates for transmission of messages to countries outside India.—(1) The
Central Government may, from time to time, by order, notify the rates at which, and the other
conditions and restrictions subject to which, messages shall be transmitted to any country outside India.
(2) In notifying the rates under sub-section (1), the Central Government shall have due regard to all
or any of the following factors, namely:—
(a) the rates for the time being in force, for transmission of messages, in countries outside India;
(b) the foreign exchange rates for the time being in force;
(c) the rates for the time being in force for transmission of messages within India;
(d) such other relevant factors as the Central Government may think fit in the
circumstances of the case.]
7. Power to make rules for the conduct of telegraphs.—(1) The Central Government may,
from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules 2 consistent with this Act for
for the conduct of all or any telegraphs established, maintained or worked by the Government or
by persons licensed under this Act.
(2) Rules under this section may provide for all or any of the following, among other matters, that is
(a) the rates at which, and the other conditions and restrictions subject to which, messages shall
be transmitted 3[within India];
(b) the precautions to be taken for preventing the improper interception or disclosure of
(c) the period for which, and the conditions subject to which, telegrams and other documents
belonging to, or being in the custody of, telegraph offices shall be preserved; and
(d) the fees to be charged for searching for telegrams or other documents in the custody of any
[(e) the conditions and restrictions subject to which any telegraph line, appliance or apparatus
for telegraphic communication shall be established, maintained, worked, repaired, transferred,
shifted, withdrawn or disconnected;
1. Ins. by Act 33 of 1971, s. 2
2. See the Indian Telegraph Rules, 1951, Gazette of India, 1951, Pt. 11, sec. 3, p. 1708.
3. In s. b y Ac t 33 o f 1971 , s. 3.
4. Ins. by Act 47 of 1957, s. 2 (w.e.f. 1 -7-1959).