IN the backdrop of corruption permeating most of the countrys institutions, the SC led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remains the only beacon of hope. It has given the NAB a severe reprimand for unscrupulous dealings like charging commission on the recovered money. The CJ got it right when he asserted that the recovered loot was the wealth of the nation and that the NAB by making a quick buck at the expense of its clients was stepping out of the line. Indeed, two wrongs do not make a right. During the court proceedings of the Haris Steels Mills case, shocking revelations came to light, which shows how the scourge of corruption has become a part and parcel of the system. The counsel for the BoP told the court that so far assets and cash worth Rs 5 billion had been recovered from defaulters, but the NAB authorities were asking for their share of the pie. According to the lawyer, the bureau was charging 40 percent commission on the recovered assets. The NAB officials explanation was equally shocking. He replied that the agency was charging 25 percent commission from the complainant and 15 percent from the accused. Saying that this was confiscation of public money, the CJ rightly questioned that what were the NAB officials taking their salaries for? In other words, the agency had all along been taking bribes in the name of commission. Keeping in view the huge sums, which amounts to billions of rupees recovered in the past, it follows that the officials must be raking in big money. Yet it is heartening to learn that the court ordered the NAB to submit a complete record of the bounty taken so far. Some heads must roll. Former top military men, officials from other security agencies who were running the NAB, were a part of Musharrafs sordid plan to create a system of patronage and rewards to retain his hold on power. Their financial misdemeanours must not be condoned under any circumstances.