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Repeal law related to telegraph wire possession: Law panel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Commission today recommended repeal of a which provides for jail term of up to five years for possession of copper telegraph wire even a year after telegram services were permanently shut down in the country.

The Commission, in its latest report to the government, has recommended repeal of another law, enacted during the Emergency, which provided that the procedure for disputing an would not apply to elected representatives who went on to become the Prime Minister or Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

In its fourth interim report to the Ministry on obsolete laws, the law panel has recommended a total of 30 statutes which can be repealed as they have lost significance.

The Commission has so far recommended repeal of a total of 288 obsolete laws in its four reports.

The panel said the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950 should be repealed after factual verification that such wires are not used for other purposes.

The Act, as available on the UP Police website, regulated the possession of telegraph wires between 2.43 mm and 3.52 mm diameter and provides for punishment of up to five years in jail or fine or both for the offence of unlawful possession of telegraph wires.

The report pointed out that telegraph services were permanently shut down in India in 2013.

Referring to the Disputed Elections (Prime Minister and Speaker) Act, 1977, the Law Commission said the "constitutionality" of this Act is "suspect", therefore, it should be repealed.

The law provided that the general procedure for disputing an by presenting an petition to the High Court, would not apply where the elected representative went on to become the Prime Minister or Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

But, in cases where it applied to the PM or Speaker, election petitions questioning their elections would be heard by a single Judge of the Supreme Court, set up as a "separate authority" under this law. The decisions of the authority were final.

First Published: Tue, November 18 2014. 17:10 IST