New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is organising a three-day Art of Living workshop for its personnel beginning Saturday. According to a note issued by the agency, the idea of the workshop for agency’s 150-odd officials is to “improve positivity, enhance synergy and generate a healthy atmosphere in the agency and motivate the staff to achieve their full potential”. The workshop is for officers from Inspector rank right up to the agency director in charge, said the note. (Also read: CBI Director Alok Verma Questioned by CVC)

The prime agency probably needs such a workshop in the light of the row within its ranks with its director Alok Verma pitted against special director Rakesh Asthana. The CBI has been facing the heat since the Appointments Committee appointed M Nageshwar Rao as its interim head and sent Verma, Asthana and Additional Director AK Sharma on leave. Several top CBI officers investigating sensitive cases were also transferred.

Meanwhile, Verma has appeared before the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC), KV Chaudhary, to defend charges of corruption levelled against him by Asthana. Verma was examined in the presence of CVC KV Chaudary and retired judge AK Pattnaik, who is supervising the case based on the Supreme Court’s order.

Asthana had levelled allegations against Verma that he had tried to stop raids at the eleventh hour on the residence and office premises of Bihar’s former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in April this year. Asthana also alleged in his complaint to the CVC that Verma did not give him permission to travel to Patna. In his reply, Verma had denied all allegations of corruption levelled against him.