Bangalore, Jan 18 (Agencies): Shortly after Governor H R Bhardwaj on Tuesday said he is looking into a petition seeking permission to prosecute the Chief Minister over alleged land scams, B S Yeddyurappa convened an emergent meeting of Karnataka Cabinet on Wednesday.

The Cabinet is meeting for the second time within 24 hours, but the Chief Minister's Secretariat sources were tight-lipped over the development that came even as Yeddyurappa rushed to Delhi for consultations with BJP central leadership.

After presiding over a Cabinet meeting, Yeddyurappa left for Delhi on the unscheduled trip hours after Bhardwaj said he was studying a request by a lawyers forum seeking permission to prosecute the chief minister and Home Minister R Ashok in alleged land scams.

Sources close to Yeddyurappa said he is likely to consult senior party leader Arun Jaitley and some other leading advocates on the course of action to be taken in the event of the governor giving permission to prosecute him.

A former union law minister, Bhardwaj, ever since assuming the office, has not let any opportunity to go to take barbs at the BJP government in public, inviting the wrath of the ruling party leaders who have called him a Congress agent whose conduct was unbecoming of the constitutional post he holds.

In his recent attack, Bhardwaj had said he was willing to give a list of corrupt ministers to whoever approached him.

The sources said that at tomorrow's Cabinet meeting Yeddyurappa was likely to brief his colleagues on his talks with party high command on the moves by Bhardwaj. The meeting was also expected to decide the future course of action in the event of the governor giving his nod for the prosecution.

The Chief Minister, the sources said, is apprehensive that that the governor might give his approval anytime.

Earlier, irked by the Opposition leaders frequent meetings with the governor, Yeddyurappa dared former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy, who have
been spearheading the oust-Yeddyurappa campaign, to come for a public debate on the allegations of corruption against him.

"I am ready to organise this debate in the banquet hall of the Vidhana Soudha (State Secretariat). Let there be a team of jury comprising retired judges. Let Gowda and his son
have their say. I will also reply to the charges," he said.

Speaking to reporters, Bhardwaj said he was considering the petition for prosecution filed by 'Justice Lawyers Forum'.

"There are so many angles. It is a very ticklish issue. It is a very difficult thing. I have to study and complete it. There are various issues... whether I am legally competent to deal with it, secondly on merits... there are so many documents. All this will have to be studied and decision will then be taken without delay," he said.

Yeddyurappa has been facing heat from the Opposition to quit over allegations of illegal denotification of land and favouritism and nepotism.

On the warpath against the BJP's first ever government in the south, Opposition Congress and JDS have been repeatedly putting pressure on the governor to dismiss the Yeddyurappa
ministry on issue of alleged corruption.

On the proposed BJP delegation to Delhi to demand his recall, the governor said, "Everybody has the right to say what they like. There is freedom of speech. They are entitled to say what they want.I have no problems at this stage to go anywhere. So long as I am here I will do my duty," he said.