ISLAMABAD - The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is in a complete disarray following the bowing out of Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as Chairman in the light of Supreme Court of Pakistans verdict and the top body fighting against the corruption has, once again, become headless and virtually came to a grinding halt. Sources in the department informed The Nation that Pakistan Peoples Party-led coalition government wanted to cripple the department because of their suffering under the NAB framed cases during the Musharraf era. The sources further informed that initially the government had slashed the annual budgetary allocations for the department to a great extent and then several attempts were made to incapacitate it by reducing the staff and later stuffing of the PPP backed people in both prosecution and investigations sections of the department. During the past three years of PPP rule the National Accountability Bureau remained under clouds and the Prime Minister of Pakistan had overtly expressed his abhorrence against the department on several occasions and even on the floor of the National Assembly. The sources in the department informed that after the resignation of the former Chairman NAB Naveed Ahsan, the then deputy chairman NAB took over the charge as Acting Chairman NAB whereas there was no provision of Acting Chairman NAB in NAB Ordinance and later while hearing the NRO case the apex court had declared all the acts of Deputy Chairman NAB, which he had taken as Acting Chairman of the department, illegal and void. Later, the government had appointed Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah as Chairman NAB in October last with Javid Zia Qazi already serving in the department as Deputy Chairman NAB. Now after the court verdict declaring the appointment of Chairman NAB as void ab initio on petitions challenging the validity of Chairman NAB Justice (Retd) Deedar Hussain Shah, all the decisions taken by him during his tenure as chairman also stand cancelled including the one wherein he had delegated most of his powers to his deputy Javid Zia Qazi. The legal experts were of the view that the decisions taken by both chairman and his deputy, which he had taken on the direction of his boss, were of no legal value and now the onus of responsibility would rest on the government to look into the matter and undo all what had been done by both these persons in the past.