New Delhi: BJP leader L K Advani's pet issue of bringing back blackmoney on Tuesday got a shot in the arm with France giving names of 700 Indians having such accounts abroad, leading to raids on their premises and prompting his party to demand that the government reveal their identities.

BJP also demanded that the government make public the action taken to bring back Indian money stashed abroad and steps initiated to prosecute such tax evaders.

The Opposition alleged that the Congress-led government has no will to handle corruption and blackmoney issues. It alleged that the ruling party was using "every means available" to protect and save the corrupt.

"Today media reports show how again by sheer fluke, effortlessly from the French Government, the Indian government received a compact disc listing 700 bank accounts belonging to Indians in the HSBC Bank, Geneva. It is estimated that this bank alone may have up to Rs 4000 crores of Indian deposits," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) conducted raids on some of those named in the list, including three MPs, according to media reports. Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) under the Income Tax department is also investigating into those in the list.

"Government of India should disclose all the 700 names in the list received, as reported, from the French Government. The government should also release a statement on action taken, if any, on getting back blackmoney from abroad and prosecuting tax evaders in India," Sitharaman said.

Advani had raised the issue of Indian blackmoney stashed abroad during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and since then the BJP has kept the issue alive both inside and outside the Parliament.

(Agencies)