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Indian officials still seeking access to Nauru detainees

Indian officials still seeking access to Nauru detainees

Updated 5 August 2014, 11:14 AEST

Action in the Australian High Court could still determine the fate of 157 asylum-seekers picked up in the Indian Ocean and held by Australia on the high seas for three weeks.

The group was transferred for processing to the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, after the Australian government said the asylum-seekers refused to meet Indian consular officials while being detained temporarily in remote Western Australia.

India's envoy to Australia, Biren Nanda says his country's request for consular access stands.

But he says not having access to the asylum seekers, means little is known for certain about their origins.

Interviewer: James Carleton

Speakers: Biren Nanda, India's High Commissioner in Canberra

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