Islamabad (Staff Report): Trial court on Saturday adjourned the indictment of former additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) Raja Khurram Ali Khan and his wife Maheen Zafar, accused of torturing a 10-year-old house maid, Tayyab, till March 25.

The accused submitted an application on behalf of the accused, requesting the court to exempt both from attending the proceeding.

Judicial Magistrate Haider Shah, presiding over the case, approved the request, saying the accused must attend the next hearing scheduled for March 25.

Earlier, Maheen Zafar had submitted a written request to Interior Ministry, stating that the leader of a "mafia" is conspiring against her and her husband.

 "The mafia maligned Raja Khurram Ali Khan with fabricated stories," the request stated, adding that negative propaganda was created via social media reports of Tayyaba 's torture .