ISLAMABADA draft bill to repeal the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance, 1999 and to enact new law of Accountability [The Holders of Public Offices (Accountability) Bill, 2009] has been moved in the National Assembly on Wednesday. Speaker NA Dr Fehmida Mirza has referred the act to standing committee on law and justice. With the abolition of NAB all the cases pending in accountability courts would be transferred to the courts to be set up under new accountability act 2009. Minster for Parliamentary Affairs Baber Awan moved the bill in the National Assembly. He said that half members from government and half from opposition would be taken for this legislation. Under the new act, Accountability Commission (AC) will be constituted for investigation of crimes and legal proceedings. The commission will be headed by sitting or former judge of the SC. Two Deputy Chairmen and one Chief Prosecutor will also be appointed. According to draft of the bill the AC chairman would be appointed in consultation with prime minister and leader of the opposition for a term of 3 years. Parliamentary committee will endorse appointment of new chairman of AC within 90 days. Six members each from treasury and opposition will be included in the AC. Chairman of standing committee on law and justice will be chairman of the parliamentary committee. The commission will be authorized to order for provision of documents or material in respect of any person and it will also have authority to award punishment. With the approval of this act the existing accountability courts will stand abolished and all the judges of these courts will go back to the respective high courts. AC will also present its annual report in parliament and the commission has been constituted under Charter of Democracy (CoD). Chairman AC will be competent to delegate his powers to deputy chairman. The person against whom the commission will give decision will have the right to file appeal within 30 days and cases of all crimes will be heard by sessions judges to be appointed by High Court.