There's a new twist in the Essar Steel Algoma saga and it has to do with the company's web services.
On Tuesday, Ontario's Superior Court will be asked to order New Delhi-based Net4 India, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company, to transfer the Algoma.com registration back to the Sault steelmaker.
The Algoma domain is owned by Essar Steel Algoma, but in 2008 registration was moved to a Net4 account controlled by Jayantha Prabhu, chief information officer at Essar Group.
Court documents suggest that Prabhu has not responded to requests to arrange to have the control of the domain transferred back to Canada.
Essar Algoma wants Algoma.com hosted at GoDaddy instead of Net4, with the account registered to an Algoma employee.
"We are at risk," Anirudh Gohil, Essar Algoma's general manager for information technology and business process improvement, said last month in an internal company email.
All access to Essar Algoma's webmail, mobility gateway, customer portal, virtual private network and other applications goes through the Algoma.com domain, Gohil said.
During the recent sales and and investment solicitation process, great pains were taken to prevent the boards of Essar Steel Algoma and its Indian parent company from exchanging information, as Essar Global was interested in becoming a bidder.
Net4 says it needs a resolution from Essar Steel Algoma's board to transfer the account to GoDaddy, but two company directors are said to be unwilling to participate because board meetings are no longer held and directors are not being paid for their services.
Essar executives are checking to see whether control of other Algoma websites may need to be similarly transferred back to Canada.