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      Is Videotaping your encounter with cops legal in India?

      I came across this interesting article Videotape Your Next Traffic Stop: A Good Idea?
      It says that although it is legal to do so (In America), it may not work out to your favor or even hold good in court. What does the law here in India say about this? I feel we should record and post videos of how highway cops try to fleece us.

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      Good Thread. I have always been thinking of a dashboard camera. It would help prove your innocence when you are involved in a accident and not your fault and also as jaguar said above show cops' fleecing us.

      We can send it to news channels also
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      If you try to video your encounter with the cops, be sure to get canned.

      Not too sure how it will hold up in the court of law. The usual trick most people use is that the video is "tampered with". And proving its not is an even bigger task.

      Besides, does it make sense to go legal against the cops in our country? Given how long solving a case normally takes. Our kids could still be fighting the case on our behalf.
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      AFAIK,there's no hard & fast rule on the admission of evidence in the form of photography/videotaping/tape recording in the courts of law in India.

      There have been cases where evidence in this form has been rejected, as well as accepted.
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      I am not too concerned about whether this would be accepted as evidence or not. What I am interested to know is am I even supposed to record my interaction with cops here in India? I am thinking of some hidden camera on the dashboard that gets a clear view of the driver side window.

      Lets record stuff first. Like KRRaj said, there are enough TV channels out there to telecast this

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      Kumar has a camera mounted behind the IRVM that starts recording the minute he switches the engine on. It also shows GPS co-ordinates - basically keeps a complete record of where his vehicle goes along with a view of the traffic in front.

      Let me find that info and put it up here - note: am making no claim of legally admissible or not.
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      Thanks, hrag, for that.

      Yes, I do have a car cam which I bought sometime last year - from the US - for USD 400.

      It records whatever is happening up-front. High-quality resolution (5 images per frame), linked to GPS and Google Maps.

      In case you want to see how it looks, you have to follow the following steps:

      Step 1: Take a look at how the product looks like
      Here is the online web-page where I bought the Car Camera (US):

      GPS Camera Vehicle | Car Camera Voyager ... Cam System

      Unfortunately, my product is not in this link, this is a newer product
      Notice how the cam/GPS is sleeker and smaller than a mobile phone.

      Step 2: Install the viewing software
      Here is the software package that you have to install first to view the data file below:

      Download and install the attached file.
      X-driven.zip


      Step 3: Download the video file
      Here is the data file, which opens with the software above, and is a video.



      In the video, watch out for the date, time, speed, GPS co-ordinates and the Google Map window pane (only if you are online), apart from the video of course.

      The Car Cam is fixed next to the rear view mirror. It connects to the car cig lighter The cam switches on automatically and starts recording on switching on power to teh car. GPS takes some time to home in on the satellites, can sometimes take over 5 minutes. I cannot see anything that is being recorded until I check out the flash on my computer.

      Here is how it looks like in my car:
      http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attachmen ... c01209.jpg

      In the US, apparently, the cam is used as evidence for accident investigations and cops/Courts accept it as proof of who did it.

      The car cam runs continuously. I have a permanent cigar lighter slot to power the car cam (no batteries, needs direct power all the time). I use either 1GB or 4 GB HC flash. Each 1 GB can record something like 12 hours of driving. It records voice also. The video shows deviations from the path, etc, and sudden braking moves get recorded too. Night recording quality is also great.

      All my trips are now on video - you can see my North East or Ladakh trips now fully on the car cam video, assuming you have patience to sit through 37 days of driving! However, it gobbles up so much of memory that it cannot be uploaded easily.

      I had brought this car cam primarily for accident investigation and it has become a nice device to video-record my trips!

      And not to forget, it also recorded my encounter with Bihar Police last year (car seizure), and also the MP police encounter this year (although the data got overwritten since I overlooked to transfer the data to my computer). The flash gets overwritten if you do not download it as and when it gets filled up.

      In the event that you have a problem with cops, make sure you keep the ignition switched on and have the cop stand in front of your windscreen - although his voice will not get recorded since the mike is inside the car.
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