ISLAMABAD At a time when immense pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to ask his NRO benefited ministers to quit the cabinet, another senior minister of PPP was accused of taking Rs. 35.5 million bribe to help acquit the owner of Haris Steel Mills from the Supreme Court. According to an original affidavit, also available with TheNation, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Zaheerud Din Babar, allegedly accepted the money soon after the Rs. 9 billion Bank of Punjab (BoP) scam when Sheikh Afzal with his family stayed in Malaysia as absconders. The owner of Haris Steel Mills, Sheikh Afzal, informed a three-member bench of the apex court through his affidavit here on Tuesday. During an informal chat with this scribe on Tuesday, both Muhammad Afzal and his son Haris Afzal while going to appear before the court confirmed that the deal was done in Pakistan and payment to PPP minister was made in Dubai at the end of 2008. Babar told me that he would use his influence in the apex court to dispose of BoP scam case in favour of respondent, they explained. Ijaz Afzal son of Muhammad Afzal, who was in custody of the NAB, alleged, Mr. Babar grafted million of rupees and allured my father to pay more money so that he may be able to do better for the said case taken up by the apex court. Dr Babar also attained Rs. 0.5 million on the name of his court fee, original documents prepared by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) further revealed. Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, who is now in custody of NAB, also alleged five other persons in his four-page affidavit. Former Attorney General Malik Qayyum also took Rs. 20 million arguing that he would help the accused for his acquittal from the court. Qayyum also helped his agent Sarfaraz who took a bribe of Rs. 28 million on providing legal assistant. Sharifud Din Pirzada Advocate also took a bribe of Rs. 20.5 on the same grounds. Besides, Wasim Sajjad Advocate along with his son Ali Wasim also coloured their hands by taking Rs. 10 million in this hot game of embezzlement. Mohsin Naqvi, CNN employee, took Rs. 3.5 million saying that he would use his influence on Lahore High Court judge to decide the case in his (Afzal) favour. He also alleged the then DCO Multan, Fazeel Akbar, helped accused family to leave for Malaysia after taking Rs. 5 million bribe. While an officer of Karachi airport, Gohar, took Rs. 0.5 million to facilitate the family to fly to Malaysia. Sheikh Afzal requested SC to summon all accused and help him recover the amount. When this scribe contacted Dr. Babar Awan to know his stance about the allegations levelled against him, he neither confirmed nor denied the allegation. I am in a crucial meeting and will call you after 20 minutes, he explained. However, the minister did not contact this scribe till filing of this report.