He will be the second Lokayukta in the state after Samaresh Banerjee, who had served in the post between 2006 and 2009. Since then the post of Lokayukta had remained vaccant in the state.
The decision to appoint Roy as the next Lokayukta of the state was taken at a meeting in the state assembly in which Speaker Biman Banerjee and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were present, the officials said.
The West Bengal Assembly had in July passed the Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2018, keeping the chief minister out of its purview in matters relating to public order. It, however, allows the Lokayukta to investigate matters relating to the chief minister on the remaining 58 subjects under the State List with the approval of two-third of the members of the assembly present and voting.