New Delhi: BJP leader L K Advani`s pet
issue of bringing back black money today 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 black money 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 Nirmal 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 black money from abroad and
prosecuting tax evaders in India," Sitharaman said.
Advani had raised the issue of Indian Black money
stashed abroad during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and since
then the BJP has kept the issue alive both inside and outside