On Thursday last week an Australian businessman was arrested for carrying a satellite phone when he landed in Mumbai. His name has been reported as both Michael Carton and Carton Peter.

From the Indian Express

[Officials] added that Carton, who works in the firm’s oil and gas management division, was to meet officials of a local software company.

Advocate Tripathi said that Carton’s employers had provided him with the phone for use in emergency situations in remote places where mobile phone connection is unavailable, during his field work.

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Satellite phones have been banned in India since 2012, due to their use by terrorists in the Mumbai attacks. If you are responsible for anyone headed to India, make sure you have a robust – and legal – communication plan in place. 

The Australian has been released on bail. In August, an Irishman was arrested for the same crime and was made to pay a fine in court.


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