Bangalore, Jan 19 (Agencies): In what  may be described as a move that could trigger a fresh confrontation, the BJP Government in Karnataka asked Governor H R Bhardwaj to drop the proceedings initiated on a petition seeking sanction to prosecute Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R Ashoka in connection with alleged land scams.
 
An emergency Cabinet meeting chaired by Yeddyurappa passed a strongly worded unanimous resolution to this effect, a day after the Governor, who is often at odds with the government, said he was considering the petition filed with him by a lawers forum.

"Your Excellency's action of consideration of the request for sanction will not inspire confidence that the decision would be judicious, fair and bonafide", the resolution stated.
 
Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, the second since yesterday, Law Minister Suresh Kumar said the resolution noted that "neither any investigating agency nor any Commission of Inquiry has indicted the Chief Minister or the Home Minister."

".. Hence your intended exercise of the power to process the request for sanction is wholly without jurisdiction", the resolution, which would be sent to Bhardwaj, said. The government, in an attack on Bhardwaj who has set January 20 deadline for the government to submit him 93 files pertaining to alleged land scams, felt it was nothing short of a "farce and a colourable" exercise on his part to even consider any sanction for prosecution.
 
The cabinet, however, did not debate the issue of seeking recall of the Governor or even the future course of action to be pursued if he rejects its plea for dropping the proceedings on the Forum of Lawyers petition. A forum of Lawyers last month petitioned the Governor seeking permission to prosecute Yeddyurpapa and Ashoka on the basis of allegations of nepotism and irregularities in denotification of lands by the government.
 
Bhardwaj yesterday said he was considering the petition, but had termed the issue as "ticklish".