New Delhi: Pulling up the Centre for providing 4.5 percent sub-quota to minorities in central educational institutions and jobs, the Supreme Court on Monday has asked the government to produce records to substantiate its claim as to on what basis it has given it.

The top court, comprising a division bench of justices, also expressed its displeasure over the issue and asked the Centre to make its stand clear before it and fixed Wednesday as the next date of hearing in the case.

Recently on May 28, a division bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Sanjay Kumar of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, had set aside the Office Memorandum (OM) issued by the Centre in December last year to provide sub-quota to minorities in central educational institutions and jobs.

The AP High Court order had triggered a lot of apprehensions in the Muslims community about the status of the 4 percent reservation extended to it by the state government

On Saturday, the Centre had moved the apex Court challenging the order of the AP High Court, which had quashed the 4.5 percent reservation for minorities within the 27 the per cent quota of the OBC.

The Center on Saturday had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the top Court seeking to set aside the AP HC order.

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