The direction of the official superior shall ordinarily be in writing. Oral direction to subordinates shall be avoided, as far as possible. Where the issue of oral direction becomes unavoidable, the official superior shall confirm it in writing immediately thereafter;
A Government servant who has received oral direction from his official superior shall seek confirmation of the same in writing as early as possible, whereupon it shall be the duty of the official superior to confirm the direction in writing.
Supreme Court Decision:
“We, therefore, direct all the State Governments and Union Territories to issue directions like Rule 3(3) of the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968, in their respective States and Union Territories which will be carried out within three months from today.
THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO.82 OF 2011 T.S.R. Subramanian & Ors. Versus Union of India & Ors.
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO.234 OF 2011