ISLAMABAD    -   The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday refuted reports of zero recovery by the accountability watchdog during the last four years and said that it has recovered Rs584 billion during this period. “An audit of all recoveries and expenses has already been carried out by Auditor General of Pakistan,” it said and added, “The NAB has also presented the record before the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament.” According to a statement issued by by the NAB headquarters here yesterday, cases against top suspects are already being proceeded in trial or appellate courts while 1405 suspects have been convicted after successful trial so far. “Legal action will be taken against those spreading baseless reports.” The statement was issued in response to the allegations made against its 4-year performance. The bureau refuted news items accusing that the NAB had incurred Rs 18 billion in expenditure. It said that Rs 26 billion were distributed among 177,408 people affected by housing societies’ scams. The NAB mentioned that a total of Rs 460 billion was recovered from the owners of a housing society, and its efforts led to a recovery of £140 million in London. It added that a sizeable amount of the money was given to the governments and institutions with records.