The Supreme Court in its detailed judgement ruled that any ordinary citizen -- apart from government officials -- can now be tried under the national accountability ordinance. It appears the society has become so rotten that the court thought it necessary to give the verdict. In view of the court’s orders, private corporations, entities and individuals who are not part of the government can now be proceeded against. Though the verdict did not spell out the Nab’s extended reach, there are a host of evils which should come under its purview Such ‘grey area misdemeanours’ are carried out in broad daylight and even though the laws already exist, poor policing, a shoddy system of accountability and besides the pathetic state of the anti-corruption department itself explain why such individuals always find plenty of means to go about their bad ways. Often the Supreme Court or the High Courts have to take suo moto notices after they observe that the wrongdoings in society that ought to have drawn the necessary action are going unnoticed. One hopes the Nab would measure up to the expectation that it would deliver. But obviously, while such wide-ranging powers make it a lethal weapon that can curb the evils plaguing the civil society, the scope has been extended to such degrees that it also calls for the exercise of new powers with transparency. This means pursuing individuals caught on the wrong side of the law strictly under parameters set by the judgement and avoiding the kind of showboating that Nab is reported to have made a practice of it at least in its initial days. Given the tradition of politically-motivated accountability, the challenge of fair play is not a small one. Now in this hour of need is the opportunity for the Nab to prove itself as a neutral but indomitable saviour.