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Taro Shareholders to Levitt and Directors: Quit the Board
Date:12/31/2009

MUMBAI, India, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Reuters: SUN.BO, Bloomberg: SUNP IN, NSE: SUNPHARMA, BSE: 524715) today announced that based on the count of votes at Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.'s (Taro) (Pink Sheets: TAROF) annual general meeting, Taro's minority shareholders sent a strong message of disapproval to Barrie Levitt and his continuing control of Taro. Shareholders voted decisively against the election of Taro's external director nominees. In addition, 78% of Taro's minority shareholders, i.e. those not affiliated with the Levitts or Sun, voted against the continued service of the Levitt slate of directors. A similar number voted against the board's indemnification proposals.

"Taro's shareholders have spoken today, clearly and loudly. Taro equity shareholders holding more than two-thirds of its equity want to remove the Levitts and their associates from the board. Ironically, it is these same directors who claim to be protecting minority shareholder interests. It is abundantly clear to the shareholders that the Levitts and Taro directors have misappropriated the minority shareholder protection argument to justify all their illegal actions. With such an unambiguous rejection by minority shareholders, the Levitts and Taro directors now have lost this only crutch," said Dilip Shanghvi, Chairman and Managing Director of Sun Pharmaceuticals.

Despite the clear message from Taro's shareholders, the Levitt family will unfortunately remain in control of Taro, for the time being. This is due to Taro's skewed capital structure, which gives the Levitt family a special class of non-equity shares holding 33 1/3% of the company's voting power. They also used these special non-equity shares to pass a resolution rewarding Taro's independent directors with widely expanded indemnification protection. It is these same directors who have not produced reliable financial statements s
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