The Supreme Court has served notice to the State government to respond in the matter pertaining to a cut in reservation for those belonging to the Backward Classes, from 34 to 27 per cent, in the local bodies and panchayats.

The direction follows a petition filed by P. Vinay Kumar, noted gastroenterologist and BC leader. At a press conference here on Saturday, he said the A.P. government was made a respondent following his petition, moving the apex court against the cut imposed in A.P.

The son of former Union Minister, late P. Shivasankar, had worked in the erstwhile Praja Rajyam Party and was one of those who spoke of social justice. He pointed out that on June 15, 2012, the High Court of A.P. had while hearing a public interest litigation, said reservations should not exceed 50 per cent.