Shimla: Agitating HRTC employees today called of their strike after the High Court took a serious view of the defiance of its order and asked them to resume duty.

The court directed the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of the HRTC employees unions to call off the strike, else their action would be deemed to be aggravating the contempt already committed by them.

Earlier, the JCC defied the High Court orders and had proceeded on strike yesterday even as the High Court observed that the action of the employees, prima facie amounted to contempt of the Court.

The leaders of the committee held a meeting with the Principal Secretary (Transport) last night and refused to accept the orders passed by the Court yesterday, and left the meeting.

HRTC staff were demanding for conversion of HRTC into roadways and payment of salaries and allowances like in Punjab and Haryana.