Vivek Garg had a feeling he had hit something big when he received some 550 pages from the Prime Minister's Office in July-end.
"But I never found the time to go through the documents for weeks," said 41-year-old Garg, whose right to information request prompted the PMO to release the controversial finance ministry note, which hinted P Chidambaram may have been able to stop the spectrum scam.
The hat of an RTI activist, as he is being frequently described, is only one of the many that Garg wears. He is also a registered advocate, helps run a family-owned book publishing house, Manas Publications, and earlier this year, was asked by BJP to be the convener of its RTI cell. He accepted.
"They wanted me to train grassroots workers on how to file RTI applications," Garg says, pointing a close friend in the BJP had approached him to take the job. But it is publishing that helps run the Garg household.
"We have been into publishing books for three generations," says Garg, who has filed 4,000 RTI requests over the last decade.
The family switched to publishing books by retired police, defence and administrative officers that have occasionally landed him in trouble.
"I've filed 4,000 applications over the last decade when the Delhi RTI law came into force, and have exposed many scams," says Garg. "But this has had the biggest impact so far," he adds, with a glint in his eyes.