Yes, he can. There is a ruling on it.
The ruling is expected to be a landmark case.
Lawyers state that for this rule to be applicable, both the husband and the wife should be financially independent.
In such a fact, the wife could own property in her name solely. The husband could, in turn, pay rent to the wife and claim House Rent Allowance (HRA) exemption for the rent paid.
However, this rule does not apply in case the wife is not financially independent. As in that case, the salary of the husband would be their single financial source.