Senior lawyers, including Kapil Sibal, Indira Jaising and advocate Prashant Bhushan, drew the attention of the bench of Justices J Chelameswar and AM Sapre to the 'extra-ordinary' situation in Patiala House Court where security and safety was under threat.

They also informed the Apex Court that JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar was 'manhandled' while being produced in court.

The court stepped in to rush a six-member panel of advocates appointed by it to Patiala House courts in the afternoon after it was apprised of fresh incidents of violence involving persons in black robes.

The lawyers team gave an oral report mentioning that the situation at the Patiala House Court was "unprecedented", an "atmosphere of fear and terror" prevailed and that there was a total breakdown of law and order in which Kumar was "manhandled".

The bench then made it clear that 'the responsibility is exclusively that of the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, to ensure the safety of the accused.

The court had earlier in the day given a slew of directions and limited the entry of lawyers, journalists and others in the court premises in the wake of violence on Monday when scribes, teachers and students of JNU were thrashed by the lawyers.

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