Two separate teams from the Emergency Department searched Deshmukh’s home in the city of Katol, located about 60 km from here, and his ancestral home in Wadvihira town near Katol, he said.
The searches began around 6 a.m., he said.
The official said the search continues at the Katol facility in Deshmukh, while the search in Wadvihira concluded around 12 noon.
The ED is conducting an investigation into the money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore bribery-extortion fraud that led to Deshmukh’s resignation from the post of interior minister in April this year.
The central agency recently arrested Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande (51) and personal assistant Kundan Shinde (45) after they carried out raids against them and the NCP leader in Mumbai and Nagpur.
Deshmukh had previously skipped ED’s subpoena for questioning in the case.
The ED case against Deshmukh et al. Developed after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) first conducted a preliminary investigation followed by a regular case that was brought by order of the Bombay High Court.
The court had asked the CBI to investigate the bribery allegations leveled against Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Deshmukh, who resigned as the state’s interior minister in April following the allegations, has denied wrongdoing.