Yes. However, Reserve Bank has granted general permission to foreign citizens of Indian origin whether resident in India or abroad, to purchase immovable property in India for their bona fide residential purpose.
They are therefore, not required to obtain separate permission of Reserve Bank.
Purchase of Immovable Property in India by Foreign Citizens of Non-Indian origin/Foreign Companies
Foreign citizens of Non-Indian origin (whether resident in India or not) and foreign companies including trusts, societies and associations incorporated/ registered abroad will be permitted by Reserve Bank, on application, to acquire immovable property in India, provided the following conditions are satisfied.
The property to be purchased is for residential use only.
The consideration for purchase of the property is met out of foreign exchange remitted from abroad in any convertible currency through normal banking channels
Income accruing by way of rent from the property purchased, or the sale proceeds of such property/income arising out of investment of such sale proceeds at any future date shall be credited only to the Ordinary Non-resident Rupee (NRO) account of the non-resident purchaser.
Applications for necessary permission for purchase of immovable property in India should be made in form IPI 1 together with the documents indicated therein to the Chief General Manager, Exchange Control Department, (Foreign Investment Division-III), Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, Mumbai.