Telecommunications (Amendment) Law

Telecommunications (Amendment) Law


BE it enacted by the National State Assembly of the Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:-
Short title.
1. This Law may be cited as the Telecommunications (Amendment) Law, No. 17 of 1974.
Amendment of the Telecommunications Ordinance (Chapter 192).
2. The Telecommunications Ordinance is hereby amended by the insertion, immediately after section 42, of the following new sections which shall have effect as sections 42A, 42B and 42C of that Ordinance: –

Offences relating to telegraph wire.

(1) Whoever has in his possession, custody or control any telegraph wire and is unable to establish that such telegraph wire has been acquired law-fully, shall be guilty of an offence under this Ordinance.
“Telegraph wire ” for the purposes of this section means any copper wire the gauge of which as measured in terms of pounds per mile is between twenty and three hundred.
(2) A certificate purporting to be under the hand of the Superintending Telecommunication Engineer certifying that any telegraph wire in question is of the description referred to in subsection (1) shall be admissible in a court of law and shall be prima facie proof of the truth of the statements made therein.
Attempts to commit offence under section 42A.
42B. Any person who-

(a) attempts to commit or does any act preparatory to the commission of, or
(b) aids or abets another person to commit, or
(c) conspires with another person, in the commission of, an offence under section 42a shall himself be guilty of that offence under this Ordinance.
42C. Every person who is guilty of an offence under section 42a or 42b shall be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or with a fine not exceeding two thousand rupees or with both such imprisonment and such fine.5.