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Ex-chief minister of India's Karnataka state wins bail

Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa
Image caption BS Yeddyurappa is accused of taking kickbacks to sell government land

A top Indian politician, who was arrested over a multi-million dollar corruption scandal, has been granted bail.

BS Yeddyurappa, former chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka, has been accused of accepting kickbacks for selling government land.

Mr Yeddyurappa belongs to India's main opposition party, the BJP.

He also faces allegations over a multi-billion dollar mining scandal. He denies any wrongdoing.

A court in the southern city of Bangalore also granted bail to former state minister Krishnaiah Shetty, who was also held in connection with the scandal.

The authorities allege that the land deals cost Karnataka state 4.65bn rupees ($95m), while Mr Yeddyurappa and members of his family were said to have personally gained 1.89bn rupees ($38.6m).

Within hours of being jailed last month, Mr Yeddyurappa was taken to hospital after he complained of feeling ill.

Opposition leaders accused Mr Yeddyurappa of faking his illness to escape imprisonment.

He returned to jail the next day after being discharged from hospital.

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