IAS officers in the State have squarely held Ministers responsible for decisions taken in their respective departments and contended that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) must examine them if it considers the decisions to be wrong and were allowing pecuniary benefit to an individual.

At an extraordinary general body meeting of the A.P. IAS Officers Association held here on Saturday night, the officers ventilated their anger against the manner in which the CBI was conducting its investigations targeting them, leaving out the real decision-makers. Almost all the 150-odd IAS officers based in the State capital and a few from outside were present.

Speaking to the media later, Association president S. Bhale Rao, vice-president Prasanta Mahapatra and general secretary J. Raymond Peter, said the officers clearly held the view that the Minister concerned was totally responsible for everything that happened in the department. The Secretary would get powers only if they were delegated by the Minister.