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PROXY Governance Recommends Against Taro's Board and Supports Sun
Date:12/21/2009

MUMBAI, India, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN.BO, Bloomberg: SUNP IN, NSE: SUNPHARMA, BSE: 524715) today announced that PROXY Governance, Inc., a leading independent proxy advisory firm, recommended that shareholders of Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Pink Sheets: TAROF) withhold their votes for the re-election of the existing board of directors of Taro and vote against the board's two nominees for external director and against both of the board's indemnification proposals in the upcoming Annual General Meeting of Taro's shareholders scheduled for December 31, 2009.

In its report, dated December 18, 2009, PROXY Governance highlighted the "weak accounting discipline and lack of internal controls" which led to Taro's restatements of its 2003 and 2004 financial results and warned that the "board's continuing failure to file audited financial statements ... should be a far broader concern for shareholders than even the initial accounting irregularities, evidence of an almost unconscionably lethargic board with no visible sense of responsibility or accountability to any of the company's shareholders except, perhaps, the founding family which under Israeli law regularly reappoints most of them."

Observing that the board's current indemnification proposal would explicitly cover the board's failure to provide audited financial statements and other past actions, PROXY Governance concluded "the net effect of the proposal would be ... to transfer liability for their failures from the incumbent directors to the company (and thus the shareholders themselves)."

PROXY Governance described the board's attacks on Sun as "misdirection" and "astonishingly clumsy," recognizing that the price of Sun's tender offer was "simply to fulfill a contractual obligation for the exercise of its option to purchase the Levitt-Moros family's founders' shares." The report further conclud
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