Bengaluru: The Karnataka Cabinet on Thursday approved the anti-conversion bill as an ordinance. The cabinet met today to approve the ordinance. The BJP-led government decided to take this route as Assembly and Council were prorogued.Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had ealier said that his government is going to implement the move through the ordinance route. The BJP government had decided to bring in an ordinance against conversion in the state the Law Department has its go-ahead for the move.It was earlier reported that the state Home Department had drafted a note, which will be circulated during the Cabinet meeting today. The note was to make a case for pushing the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill through the ordinance route. It is believed that the Law Department had stated in its opinion that there are no legal hurdles for bringing the bill to life through the ordinance route.Reacting to the development, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar said: "I don't know why the Karnataka government is in such a hurry (to pass the anti-conversion bill in its Cabinet meeting today through ordinance)... (they should) take an ordinance on some development agenda or giving employment to the youth." The bill, which has triggered controversy in the state, proposes to ban religious conversion by way of marriage or inducements like free marriage, job etc. A jail term of 3 to 5 years and a fine of Rs 25,000 have been proposed in the bill for anyone that indulges in forced religious conversion. The bill proposes imprisonment of 3 to 10 years along with a fine of Rs 50,000 fine for converting a minor, woman or an SC/ST person. Also, mass conversions will be prohibited and will attract jail term of 3 to 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. The Karnataka Legislative Assembly approved the bill in December last year. But it remains to be passed in the Legislative Council, where the ruling BJP falls short of a majority by one seat.