The two British plane-spotters, Stephen Hampton and Steven Ayres from Bristol, arrested in New Delhi last month for monitoring ATC conversations, have been fined Rs. 25,000 each by a court in Delhi, after admitting to illegally monitoring aircraft.
The two spotters who appeared before magistrates in Delhi were charged under the antiquated but draconian Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, with intercepting privileged communications.
What will be a relief to the pair, and to all of us spotters, is that fact that they escaped with just a fine, instead of jail time. Mr. Hampton and Mr. Ayers were informed they could return to the UK.
It is important to note that the court did not charge them for observing or photographing aircraft.
Source : BBC News