The lifting of the liquor ban appears to have become a bitter pill to swallow for the Bihar government. The Nitish Kumar led-government today appeared before the Supreme Court’s Dipak Misra and UU Lalit JJ, in appeal against the Patna High Court judgment overturning the state liquor ban..Days after the Patna High Court judgment, the Bihar government notified the Bihar Excise and Prohibition Act of 2016 [pdf]. The purpose of this law? To “enforce, implement and promote complete prohibition of liquor” in Bihar..Today Senior Advocate Gopal Subramaniam, appearing for Bihar, contended that under the Indian Constitution there existed no fundamental right to consume liquor. Also keeping in mind the socio-economic conditions prevailing in Bihar, the ban would “ensure that families are protected.”.After hearing the submissions, the Bench directed that as an interim measure, there would be a stay on the order passed by the division bench of the Patna High Court. A time of six weeks has been given to the liquor companies, that have been campaigning vociferously for the lifting of the ban, to file a counter affidavit..Senior Advocates Balbir Singh, CS Vaidyanathan and Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for the different liquor companies.