New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday placed before the Supreme Court the "relevant" material and documents on the basis of which it carved out 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities in the central educational institutions such as IITs.

The government filed 1800 pages reply in the top court regarding 4.5 per cent sub-quota. Five arguments in the reply have been submitted by the centre.

Defending its move for favouring 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities in the central educational institutions, including IITs and NITs, the Centre in its reply said that it has logical reasons to crave out this sub-quota reservation. The five factors, which the Centre has cited in the Supreme Court were as follows.

Firstly, Rajinder Sachchar committee report which advocated reservation for backward Muslims due to poor conditions, secondly, a list of Backward Caste Muslims prepared in 1993 has been attached by the Centre in its reply.

Examples of states like Karnataka, Kerala has been mentioned. It has also cited the report of Mandal Commission and Ranganath Mishra report for which it has favoured for 4.5 percent sub-quota reservation.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Gourab Banerji mentioned the issue and placed the documents before a bench comprising Justices K S Radhakrishnan and J S Khehar, which had on Monday asked the Ministry of Human Resources Development to place the material by Tuesday.

The apex court, which had on Monday refused to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order quashing the 4.5 per cent sub- quota for minorities within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in central educational institutions, had posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

The bench had ticked off the government for the way it had handled the "complex" and "sensitive" issue.

The apex court had also expressed its "unhappiness" that the Centre was blaming the High Court when it had itself failed to produce documents to support its case.

The bench was critical of the Ministry of Human Resource Development rushing to the apex court with the appeal against the May 28 order of the High Court without documents to justify the policy of carving out 4.5 per cent sub-quota within the 27 per cent OBC reservation.

The Union government had moved the apex court challenging the High Court order quashing the 4.5 per cent sub quota for minorities.

The December 22, 2011 Office Memorandum for the sub-quota for socially and educationally backward classes of citizens belonging to minority communities in central educational institutions and jobs was announced by the Centre ahead of the Assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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