ISLAMABAD - There was furore in the Senate on Tuesday after Senator Tariq Azim of PML-Q alleged former federal law minister Babar Awan of distributing funds among different bars prior to the recently held Supreme Court Bar Association elections. During the course of question hour session on Tuesday, Tariq Azim after congratulating Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Moula Bakhsh Chandio over the success of Yasin Azad, questioned that in what capacity Babar Awan had distributed funds among bars before the SCBA elections. What mechanism was followed and in what capacity huge amounts were distributed among bars, the one-liner question-cum-inquiry triggered a storm of hard-hitting statements by legislators from both treasury and opposition benches amid the House was not in order. Senator Kazim Khan of PPP termed the statement as a serious allegation against lawyers fraternity. Senator Wasim Sajjad observed that lawyers belong to a respectable profession and they do not cast their votes after receiving money. Moula Bakhsh Chandio said that neither Babar Awan distributed any funds among bars and not PPP supported any such move. He said as per law the ministry could release fund to any bar across the country, however, he also requested Tariq Azim to enter a fresh question if he wanted any details in this regard, as his (Tariq) question was not part of questions fixed to answer at the day. Earlier, responding to several questions pertaining to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Minister for Law told the Senate that during the tenure of former Chairman NAB Syed Deedar Hussain Shah, investigations into 10 cases were closed after due process. The 10 cases were disposed of following the grounds, money recovered from the accused/s or insufficient evidences not found against some accused/s. while some cases were closed after NAB made recovery of the looted amounts. Senator Ishaq Dar of PML-N questioned that what would be the fate of a review petition the government had filed with the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking restoration of Deedar Hussain Shah as Chairman NAB. Moula Bakhsh Chandio replied that the petition would turn ineffective upon next hearing into the case. Dar once again reiterated his partys stance that a person with non-judicial background had been made authoritys chairman by the government. Leader of the House in Senate Nayyar Bokhari contended that the appointment was made as per existing laws in this regard. Chandio stated that currently 618 inquiries were pending with the NAB. Senators Zahid Khan of ANP, Azam Swati (JUI-F) and Tahir Mashadi of MQM criticised the slow working of NAB in disposing of cases.