The city civil court has asked that two city clubs be handed over to the civic body.
The court said that Matoshree Club on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and Kamala Vihar Sports Club in Poinsar be handed over to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
While Shiv Sena Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ravindra Waikar is a stakeholder in the Matoshree Club, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Gopal Shetty is a trustee of Kamala Vihar Sports club.
The clubs had challenged a notice served by the BMC, seeking that the clubs be surrendered and a certain penalty be paid. The court, however, dismissed this on Friday and gave them six weeks to appeal in the higher court.
“The court has said that the clubs were not used for the right purpose and should, therefore, be surrendered to the BMC,” said Kamala Vihar’s Chief Executive Officer S. Nair.
“We will approach the high court,” said Waikar. “We are asking for guidelines to be framed for taking over the club.”
Both, Nair and Waikar, said they plan to appeal in the high court.
This order could set a precedent to other clubs like MIG Club in Bandra, Prabodhankar Thackeray Sports Complex and Swimming Pool at Vile Parle and Prabodhan Krida Bhavan at Goregaon — that have been served similar notices by the civic body.