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India ex-chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in hospital

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

A top Indian politician, held over a corruption scandal, has been admitted to a hospital after he complained of feeling ill.

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

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

Doctors said on Sunday that Mr Yeddyurappa would be "under observation" for 48 hours.

Mr Yeddyurappa, 68, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital in Bangalore, capital of Karnataka state, on Sunday, a day after he was arrested and sent to prison.

Mr Yeddyurappa also faces allegations over a multi-billion dollar mining scandal, but no charges have been brought in that case. He denies all allegations of corruption.

Mr Yeddyurappa has been remanded in custody until 22 October. He is accused of illegally selling government land in and around Bangalore.

The authorities allege that the land deals cost the 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).

Another 13 people have been accused in that case.

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