The internet companies are fighting attempts that would see them tried for criminal conspiracy - a Delhi court had issued summons to them for a trial last month. The High Court has asked the Delhi Police to respond to the companies' petition against this order.
Last month, a Delhi court had suggested that 21 companies including Yahoo, Orkut, Facebook and Google should be tried for "selling, publicly exhibiting and...(circulating) obscene, lascivious content". A petition referred the court to obscene online depictions of several gods and goddesses, as well as the Prophet Mohammed.
The Delhi High Court will hear the case again on Thursday.